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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 - 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 - 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 - 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, Christmas, Shorts
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)
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