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Adventures of Mark Twain, The
Restored to High Definition, recently released by Magnolia in Dec. 2012. The imagination of Mark Twain meets the magic of Will Vinton, in this fantastical journey of Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher and Huck Finn as they travel through time in search of Halley's Comet. This year marks the 175th Anniversary of Twain's birth, and the 125th Anniversary of Twain's pinnacle work Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and the 100th anniversary of his death.
STARRING: Director: Will Vinton Producer: Will Vinton Executive Producer: Hugh Tirrell Writer: Mark Twain and Susan Shadburne Animators: Barry Bruce, Joan Gratz,, Don Merkt, Will Vinton, Craig Bartlett, Bill Fiesterman, Mark Gustafson, Bruce McKean, Tom Gasek, Doug Aberle, Matt Wuerker Music: Billy Scream James Whitmore (Shawshank Redemption) as the voice of Mark Twaln
DIRECTED BY: Will Vinton
PRODUCED BY: Hugh K. Tirrell
GENRE(S): Family, Animation, Teen
RUNTIME: (86 min), YEAR: 1986
Captain Scarlet, Gerry Anderson's New
Just outside Earth’s atmosphere lies Skybase, a vast floating aircraft carrier that’s headquarters to an international security group called the Spectrum Organization, tasked with maintaining peace on Earth. Join Captain Scarlet, Destiny Angel, leader of the fighter pilots, Captain Blue and Lieutenant Green as they battle the Mysterons and fight for the future of the planet.
STARRING: Created by Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds)
PRODUCED BY: Gerry Anderson
GENRE(S): Animation, Family, Adventure
RUNTIME: (26 x 30 min), YEAR: 2005
Claymation: Amazing World of Will Vinton (shorts)
Will Vinton's Amazing World of Claymation Closed Mondays (Academy Award winner, 7:37 min.) The Great Cognito (Academy Award Nominee, 3:11 min.) A Christmas Gift (8:16 min.) The Jumping Frog (4:00 min.) Dinosaur (13:04 min.) Legacy (5:23 min.) Mountain Music (7:18 min.) Go Down Death (8:00 min.) A Claymation Documentary (17:30 min.)
GENRE(S): Shorts, Animation, Claymation, Family
RUNTIME: (approx 60 min)
Claymation: Timeless Stories - A Christmas Gift
A charming story about a young boy choosing to share his Christmas dinner with an old woman. The idea is based on a Peter, Paul, and Mary song which narrates the tale. This is an early “music video” created in claymation.
STARRING: Director: Will Vinton Producer: Will Vinton and The Film Loft Animators: Don Merkt, Barry Bruce, Will Vinton Music: Peter, Paul and Mary
DIRECTED BY: Will Vinton
PRODUCED BY: Will Vinton
GENRE(S): Animation, Family, Claymation, * New Releases, Christmas, Shorts
Claymation: Timeless Stories - Chimes, The
The story of how one poor man finds hope on New Year's Eve. "The Chimes" (Author: Charles Dickens; Narrator: Derek Jacobi; Award: CINE Special Jury Award).
STARRING: Directed by: Lindsay Van Blerk Produced by: The Adelante Project Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Derek Jacobi
GENRE(S): Animation, Family, Christmas, Claymation
RUNTIME: (27 min), YEAR: 2000
Claymation: Timeless Stories - First Christmas, The
"The First Christmas" contains a reenactment of the Nativity story as written in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. The innkeeper's daughter and the shepherd boy add identifiable characters for young viewers. The miracles we witness in our daily lives make faith in Christmas relatively uncomplicated.
STARRING: Directed by: Lindsay Van Blerk Authors: Matthew and Luke (Israel) Narrated by: Christopher Plummer
DIRECTED BY: Lindsay Van Blerk
GENRE(S): Animation, Family, Christmas, Claymation
RUNTIME: (30 min), YEAR: 1999
Claymation: Timeless Stories - God's Trombones
"The Creation" is the first in this trilogy of African-American poetry. It is an artistic rather than a literal interpretation of the Genesis story of creation. It is a reminder of our responsibility to leave planet earth as good or better than we found it. After all, we only have it on loan from the next generation. Another poem is "The Prodigal Son" which is a reminder that forgiveness is always in season. Author: James Weldon Johnson (USA); Narrator: James Earl Jones (voice of Star Wars' Darth Vader); Academy Award Nomination for Short Subject Animation.
GENRE(S): Animation, Family, Claymation, Christmas
RUNTIME: (26 min), YEAR: 2000
Claymation: Timeless Stories - Martin the Cobbler
Based on a short story by Russian author, Leo Tolstoy, this is the claymation telling of Martin, a simple cobbler who has given up on life. But he is visited by several strangers that he decides to help and they turn out to be rewarding experiences. Ultimately, he finds purpose by helping others and joining his village.
STARRING: Director: Will Vinton Producer: Will Vinton and Frank Moynihan Writer:  Leo Tolstoy (Russia) Animators: Don Merkt, Barry Bruce, Joan Gratz, Will Vinton Music:  Billy Scream Narrated by: Alexandria Tolstoy (daughter of Leo)
DIRECTED BY: Will Vinton
PRODUCED BY: Will Vinton
GENRE(S): Animation, Family, Claymation
RUNTIME: (27 min), YEAR: 1983
Claymation: Timeless Stories - Michael the Visitor
Simon discovers a desolate young man alongside the road and he takes him in even though he is very poor himself, soon he begins teaching the boy his craft and it becomes a blessing in disguise.
STARRING: Directed by: Lindsay Van Blerk Produced by: The Adelante Project Author: Leo Tolstoy Narrated by: Stockard Channing
DIRECTED BY: Lindsay Van Blerk
PRODUCED BY: The Adelante Project
GENRE(S): Animation, Family, Christmas, Claymation
RUNTIME: (25 min), YEAR: 1996
Claymation: Timeless Stories - Rip Van Winkle
Rip seems to be the town neer-do-well. Instead of tending to his farm, he is often teaching the children to fly kites and play games. They love his singing and dancing much to the consternation of the Puritan villagers who are greatly puzzled by his lack of work ethic, as is his wife we might add. After drinking a magic potion concocted by Henry Hudson's shipmates, he goes to sleep for 20 years. When he wakes up he is embraced by the townsfolk as a long lost friend.
STARRING: Director: Will Vinton Producer: Will Vinton Executive Producer: Frank Moynihan Writer: Washington Irving (USA) Animators: Don Merkt, Barry Bruce, Will Vinton, Joan Gratz Music: Billy Scream Narrated by: Will Geer
DIRECTED BY: Will Vinton
PRODUCED BY: Will Vinton
GENRE(S): Animation, Family, Claymation
RUNTIME: (28 min), YEAR: 1983
Claymation: Timeless Stories - Star Child
Two woodcutters, Gustav and Sven, discover an infant wrapped in a golden cloak with an amber chain around his neck. Sven takes him home and raises him with his other children. They name him Pero and he grows into a beautiful youngster. However, he becomes enamored of his own beauty. He treats a beggar lady cruelly and in turn is transformed into a frightful hideous creature. Only when he becomes beautiful inside does his external beauty return.
STARRING: Directed by: Billy Budd Films Author: Oscar Wilde (Ireland) Narrated by: Anonymous
DIRECTED BY: Billy Budd Films
GENRE(S): Animation, Family, Christmas, Claymation
RUNTIME: (27 min), YEAR: 1991
Claymation: Timeless Stories - The Little Prince
The Little Prince, an idealist, expected perfection from his Rose. She had just a speck of vanity, but this was too much for him. He left her only to discover that, "What is essential is invisible to the eye. It is only with the heart that one sees rightly." We follow the eternally young Prince through a fantasy universe seeking "matters of consequence." This production remains totally faithful to the spirit of innocence and sense of wonderment that mark the original text.
STARRING: Director: Will Vinton Producer: Will Vinton Executive Producer: Frank Moynihan Writer: Antoine de St. Exupery (France) Animators: Barry Bruce, Joan Gratz,, Don Merkt, Will Vinton. Music: Billy Scream Narrated by: Cliff Robertson
DIRECTED BY: Will Vinton
PRODUCED BY: Will Vinton
GENRE(S): Animation, Family, Claymation
RUNTIME: (28 min), YEAR: 1981
Claymation: Timeless Stories - Velveteen Rabbit
The youthful rabbit and the wise old skin-horse lived in the boy's toy-room. One day the rabbit asked the skin-horse what it meant to be real. The skin-horse replied, "Being real isn't how you are made. It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, then you become real." Their conversation and the story continue and the world is richer for it.
STARRING: Directed by : LIndsay Van Blerk Produced by: The Adelante Project Author: Margery Williams (England) Narrated by: Jennifer Shapiro
DIRECTED BY: Lindsay Van Blerk
PRODUCED BY: The Adelante Project
GENRE(S): Animation, Family, Claymation
RUNTIME: (24 min), YEAR: 2004
Dwegons and Leprechauns
A family is surprised to find the house they recently purchased sits atom a colorful and fantastical world known as Dwegonland. The truth comes to light when the ditzy Dwegons try to save their property from a couple of art thieves.
STARRING: Academy Award Winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Maggie Wheeler (Friends), Joey D. Vieira (Lassie, Ferris Bueller's Day off)
DIRECTED BY: Tom Walsh
PRODUCED BY: Tom Walsh
GENRE(S): Family, Animation
RUNTIME: (98 Min.), YEAR: 2014
Freedom Force (aka The Illusionauts) 3D
A group of kids with special powers and their trusted dog are sent back in time on a mission to restore the famous stories and their place in history as the mad President and Minister of Cultural Affairs are trying to change them. They face many obstacles setting the history straight and not mixing up anything as they go.
STARRING: Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Cruel Intentions, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
DIRECTED BY: Eduardo Schuldt
PRODUCED BY: Aronnax Animation Studios
GENRE(S): Family, Animation, Adventure, * New Releases, 3D
RUNTIME: (82 min), YEAR: 2012
Nutcracker Sweet
A girls favorite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, comes to life and after defeating the evil Mouse King in a battle whisks the girl away to a magical kingdom of sweets.
STARRING: A-LIST CAST TBD
PRODUCED BY: Aronnax Animation Studios
GENRE(S): Animation, Family
RUNTIME: (84 Min.), YEAR: 2014
Pinocchio in Outer Space
Pinocchio must prove himself as a real boy when he takes off to Mars with Nurtle in the capture of Astro, a flying killer space whale.
STARRING: Peter Lazer, Arnold Stang, Jess Cain
DIRECTED BY: Ray Goossens
PRODUCED BY: Fred Ladd, Norm Prescott, Raymond Leblanc
GENRE(S): Animation
RUNTIME: (66 min), YEAR: 1964
Valentina
Valentina and her friends are fun-loving, teenage girls. They shop, they have sleepovers, and they dream about their first true love. But when Valentina and her classmates decide to throw a spring bonfire party, they never expected it would turn into such an adventure!
STARRING: Gastón D'Angelo, Sebastián Francini, Lucila Gómez
DIRECTED BY: Eduardo Gondell
PRODUCED BY: Illusion Studios
GENRE(S): Animation, Teen
RUNTIME: (65 min), YEAR: 2008
Velveteen Rabbit, The
A live action & animated adaptation of the classic children's story. A boy wins over his father & grandmother with the help of a magical toy rabbit he befriends in the attic. The rabbit's only wish is to become real, and through the boy, learns that it is love that makes us real.
STARRING: Voices of Jane Seymour along with Tom Skerritt and Ellen Burstyn. Live Action Cast: Matthew Harbour (Equilibrium), Kevin Jubinville (Ice Princess), Una Kay (Eye of the Beholder)
DIRECTED BY: Michael Landon, Jr.
PRODUCED BY: Believe Pictutes, Family Films, Feature Films For Families, Michael Landon Jr., Serge Denis
GENRE(S): Family, Drama, Historical, Animation
RUNTIME: (87 min), YEAR: 2009
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