Two major events have been locked in for Brooklyn’s thriteenth annual animation gathering, Animation Block Party (ABP), to be held on July 28-31.
The Friday afternoon will see ABP present a historical survey of New York City-produced animation advertising. Curated by East Coast commercial producer J.J. Sedelmaier, the program will include animated ads from the Flesicher Bros. (Western Electric, 1929), Shamus Culhane (Ajax elves, 1949), the Hubleys (Marky Maypo, 1956), Terrytoons (Tootsie Roll, 1959), and Jack Zander (Crest, 1977), to name but a few. A panel discussion following the screening will include East Coast artists Howard Beckerman, Emily Hubley, and Doug Crane
That evening, ABP will treat fans to a 30th anniversary screening of Toei Animation’s The Transformers: The Movie. The Eighties-produced anime, directed by Nelson Shin, will be screened from an original 35mm print.
‘Transformers: The Movie’ is famously the last role of Orson Welles, who recorded his voice five days before dying, and was also among the final roles of Scatman Crothers. Despite being created 30 yeas ago, it remains a favourite among Transformers fans for its array of unique elements including a soundtrack that contains Weird Al Yankovic and Stan Bush’s hair metal classic “The Touch”.
Both screenings will take place at the BAMcinématek in Brooklyn. The full festival line-up will be announced on June 24. For more details, visit animationblock.com.