FEATURE # 1  
La prophétie des grenouilles (Raining Cats and Frogs) [2003] 
Jacques-Rémy Girerd
Folimage
France
35 mm / 86:00 / French with English Subtitles
Wednesday, September 22, 7:00 pm (Bytowne)
Sunday, September 26, 3:00 pm (Museum of Civilization) 
Tom, and his adoptive parents, Ferdinand and Juliette, are spending the summer holidays with Lili - a girl of Tom's age. Lili's parents run a family zoo (a kind of small amusement park which can be found along French country roads) and have gone to Africa in search of crocodiles! Ferdinand and Juliette have offered to look after the kids and the zoo. Everything is going really well until the day some frogs warn the children that there's going to be a flood! When thunderclaps are heard, the resourceful Ferdinand decides to shelter the household in a barn, which he's able to transform into an ark so as to accommodate the animals from the zoo as well.
Jacques-Remy Girerd dropped out of studies in medicine, opting instead for the Lyon Art School. He founded the production company, Folimage. His film, Le Petit Cirque de Toutes les Couleurs received a César and one of his most successful films is Le Bonheur de la Vie.
     

FEATURE # 2

 
P3K: Pinocchio 3000 [2002] 
Daniel Robichaud
Cinegroupe, Animakids, France 2 Cinema, Castelao
Canada, France, Spain 
35 mm / 80:00 

Friday, September 24, 7:00 pm (NAC Southam Hall)
Saturday, September 25, 3:00 pm (Bytowne)
A futuristic spin on the classic tale, the year is 3000. Geppetto, with the help of his loyal assistant, Spencer, the cyber penguin, creates himself a son: Pinocchio, a one-of-a-kind super robot equipped for imagination thanks to the P3K microprocessor. Adventure, action, a father's love, and a son's quest to discover what it means to be a real boy!
Daniel Robichaud has a BA in Graphic Design from the University of Quebec. He joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and taught at the National Animation and Design Centre in Montreal. Daniel was Director of Animation at The Film & Tape Works in Chicago. He worked for Digital Domain as an Animation Supervisor, contributing to many successful commercial films. He created, wrote and directed Tightrope.
     
FEATURE # 3  
Winter Days (Fuyunochi) [2003]
Supervising Director: Kihachiro Kawamoto
Imagica Entertainment, Inc.
Japan
35 mm / 105:00 / Japanese with English Subtitles 

Thursday, September 23, 7:00 pm (National Archives) 
Saturday, September 25, 11:00 am (Bytowne)
This anthology of short animated films is based on ‘Renku.' ‘Renku' is a style of poetry typical to Japanese literature, in which a number of poets participate to create a linked poem by composing verses which are linked to the previous composer's last syllable but lead into an entirely different world. Yurki Norshtein, a gifted poet and well-known animator from Russia, launches the Renku by composing the opening verse. With his overwhelming power of expression, he gets off to a promising start. The next link, as well as the last link of the Renku, is provided by the leader of this project, Kihachiro Kawamoto. Animators involved in the project include Raoul Servais, Alexandre Petrov, Furukawa Taku, Co Hoedeman, Jacques Drouin, & Yamamura Koji.
Kihachiro Kawamoto was an art assistant at Toho Screen Co. and was a freelance puppet artist. He studied in former Czechoslovakia under Trnka Studio and produced many films. He has been awarded the Purple Ribbon Medal, the Fourth Order of the Rising Sun, and Gold Rays with Rosette.
     
FEATURE # 4  
Hair High [2004] 
Bill Plympton
USA
35 mm / 78:00
      
Saturday, September 25, 7:00 pm (NAC Southam Hall)
Sunday, September 26, 7:00 pm (National Archives) 
An outrageous Gothic myth from the 1950's, Hair High is the legend of Cherri and Spud, a teenage couple who are murdered on prom night and left for dead at the bottom of Echo Lake. Exactly one year later, their skeletal remains come back to life and they return to the prom for revenge and their justly-deserved crowns.
Bill Plympton attended the School of Visual Arts in NYC. He was an illustrator and cartoonist in such publications as The New York Times and Vogue. He had a political cartoon strip, Plymptoon. He has several short films and completed his first feature-length animation, The Tune, which has garnered various awards.