Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation

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Free event celebrates animated shorts and gift of film archive to UCR

By on May 8, 2014

“Pigeon Impossible,” by Lucas Martell, will screen in Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation May 13.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The celebrated Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation comes to the University of California, Riverside on Tuesday, May 13, in an event that will honor the gift from Craig “Spike” Decker of hundreds of festival films in 35mm and other formats.

Showtime is 6:30 p.m. in University Theatre, and doors open at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Parking is free in Lot 6 for those attending the show. The show is not recommended for children under age 10.

After the show, Decker will participate in a question-and-answer session with Derek Burrill, UCR associate professor of media and cultural studies.

Decker and Mike Gribble launched their Festival of Animation in 1977 in a time when animation was considered a medium for children. The festivals created a multigenerational following of fans devoted to animated shorts and a venue in which to showcase animators whose work now is known worldwide.

“Guard Dog,” by Bill Plympton

The Spike and Mike Festival of Animation collection is an important archive for scholars examining the role of animation in American culture and film since the 1970s, Burrill said.

It represents the biggest and longest-running festival of animation in the world and has the largest collection of animated shorts in this country,” he explained. “The impact for UCR in acquiring this archive is that it puts us on the level of other schools like UCLA and USC with major media archives. I’ve already had conversations with scholars who are interested in coming to Riverside to look at it.”

Festival of Animation Films

  • “Animator Vs. Animation II,” Alan Becker, U.S.A., 2007 Webby Peoples Voice Award
  • “Love and Theft,” Andreas Hykade, Germany, 2010 German Short Film Award, 2011 Sacem Award for original music, Annecy International Animated Film Festival
  • “Eleven Roses,” Pedram Goshtabpour, U.S.A., 2008 Official Selection Cannes Film Festival
  • “Yearbook,” Bernardo Britto, Brazil, 2014 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Jury Award: Animation
  • “Frog,” Chris Conforti, U.S.A.
  • “Grasshoppers,” Bruno Bozzetto, Italy, 1991 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Short
  • “Pigeon Impossible,” Lucas Martell, U.S.A., 2010 Best Animated Short Film (Professional) FICCI BAF
  • “Saga of Biorn,” Animation Workshop, Denmark
  • “Bambi Meets Godzilla,” Marv Newland, Canada
  • “Peck Pocketed,” Kevin Herron, U.S.A., 2013 Student Academy Award Bronze Medal, Animation
  • “Key Lime Pie,” Trevor Jimenez, Canada, 2007 Toronto International Film Festival Student Showcase: Best Cinematography
  • “Dumb Ways to Die,” McCann Melbourne, Australia, 2013 Integrated Grand Prix Award at Cannes Film Festival
  • “Log Jam – The Moon,” Alexei Alexeev, Hungary, 2009 Cristal for Best TV Production, Annecy International Animated Film Festival
  • “Log Jam – The Snake,” Alexei Alexeev, Hungary, 2009 Cristal for Best TV Production, Annecy International Animated Film Festival
  • “At the Opera,” Juan Pablo Zaramella, Argentina
  • “Oktapodi,” Julien Bocabeille, France, 2009 Academy Award nominee for Best Short Film, 2009 SIGGRAPH Best of Show and Audience Prize
  • “Western Spaghetti,” PES, U.S.A., 2009 Sundance Film Festival Jury Prize in U.S. Short Filmmaking, Honorable Mention
  • “The Crab Revolution,” Arthur de Pins, France, 2004 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Audience Award
  • “Paths of Hate,” Damien Nenow, Poland, 2011 Special Distinction at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, SIGGRAPH Best of Show
  • “Guard Dog,” Bill Plympton, U.S.A., 2005 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Short
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