RPL’s Animation Film Festival

RPL’s Animation Film Festival

This summer, the Sunday Film series at the Rogers Public Library is featuring the genre of Animation.

The Rogers Public Library Adult DVD/Blu-Ray Collection has always been oriented towards movies and films that are historically or culturally significant, classic films, award winning films, or movies whose popularity has withstood the test of time. The Library focuses on collecting ‘classic films’ since there were always ways to access new releases and blockbuster films.  Because of recent changes in technology and in the retail environment, the Library is now purchasing popular films as soon as they become available. However, the primary focus of the collection development policy is still to find and collect important, fascinating, and entertaining films Rogers residents can find nowhere else.

Special effects and animation have been elements of filmmaking from the beginning; so Animated Films is a genre the Adult Library is always evaluating. Animated films include both feature films and shorts and generally they have been time consuming and expensive to make.  Very few studios were able to make them profitable over long periods of time: Fleischer Studios, Disney Studios, and Warner Brothers are three exceptions.  (Walt Disney especially is synonymous with feature length animated movies). Despite the difficulty of creating high quality profitable animated films, animated characters became some of the most enduring of all movie personalities!  These three studios produced Hollywood superstars as Betty Boop, Popeye, Mickey Mouse, and Bugs Bunny.

Although generally thought of as children’s entertainment, animated films and cartoons have always had elements to entertain audiences of all ages. The early Betty Boop cartoons were slinky, sophisticated, sexy cartoons, which included jazz entertainers of the 30s.  Popeye and Bugs Bunny helped the allies win WWII by starring in anti-Axis propaganda cartoons.  Most Pixar animated feature films include jokes only an adult could understand. Some are quite sophisticated allusions: the Auto Pilot computer in the movie Wall-E uses a sensor eye that pays homage to the camera eye of the Hal 9000 computer in 2001 a Space Odyssey; Edna in the Incredibles is based on the famous Hollywood costume designer Edith Head; while the restaurant in Monsters Inc. is named after the famous special effects master Ray Harryhausen.

Cartoons aren’t just for kids, but kids are welcome!  So bring the whole family and come join the Rogers Public Library in celebrating Animated Films each Sunday at 2:00 P.m.  Admission and refreshments are free.

 

June 17                 The Incredibles

June 24                 Who Framed Roger Rabbit

July 1                     Fantasia

July 8                     Watership Down

July 15                   Toy Story

July 22                   The Cat Returns

July 29                   The Best Ever Cartoons