Sunday, February 24, 2013

Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation

The 30th Anniversary Celebration of Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation held at the The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (700 Prospect St. La Jolla, 92037) Sat., Feb 9, 7 pm & 9:15 pm Sun Feb.10 am- 5pm & 7pm, Thurs. Feb 14, 7:15, Feb 22,23 and Mar.1,2,8,15,22,30 at 7:00 pm features the most popular and award winning short animations from the festival's influential history. See early works of Disney Pixar Director Ralph Eggleston and over 10 Academy Award Winning or Nominated short animations. More info: Josef Liebhardt 858.459.8707

 Mellow Manor Productions, Inc. was founded by Craig ‘Spike’ Decker and Mike Gribble, popularly known as “Spike & Mike®.” Mellow Manor is named after the famed Victorian house in Riverside where Spike, Mike and many others lived in a communal setting. This was an ‘Animal House‘ before National Lampoon made theirs famous. Although Mike Gribble passed away in August of 1994, Spike continues to produce touring theatrical festivals of animated short film collections with the highest standards of artistic and subversive excellence.

When you go to this festival, you go to see a set of films hand chosen by Spike and Mike  They have followers that go every year to see who they cherry picked for our enjoyment. This year is a mini retrospective of he best of the best. 

Since it was my first year, I was happy to see the lively crowd who there to play with the giant balloon balls before and during the intermission. They were there to have a giggle and to be amazed by the progress made with technology in this field. On certain nights there are interviews with the makers and the viewing goes on until the end of March so you are in time to see this year's showing.

I have chosen three of my favorite animations from the two hours of film we viewed. I thought these would give you a taste of what to expect. They span 35 years.

Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase 1992, Guard Dog 2004,
Bambi meets Godzilla1969

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