Tuesday, April 22

Repertory Series ArchiveKids' Movies Not Just For Kids

John Hubley Centennial


Dir John & Faith Hubley [approx. 80 min; 35mm]
The wonderful animator John Hubley had his hand in some of the most defining animated films of the 20th century including early Disney classics like Bambi and Fantasia, Mister Magoo, Watership Down, and shorts for The Electric Company. In the 1950s, Hubley founded the independent Storyboard Studios and began collaborating with his wife Faith Hubley on delightful short films. Included in this program are the seminal MOONBIRD and WINDY DAY – both celebrate the inherent creativity of children using improvised dialogue by the Hubley’s own children – as well as several other classics, all presented in new 35mm prints.

“Quick! Name an animator who started his career at Disney under the tutelage of the legendary Nine Old Men, created iconic characters like Mr. Magoo and Maypo pitchman Marky Maypo, and worked with such animation hotbeds as UPA, National Film Board of Canada, and Children’s Television Workshop. Give up?” Learn the answer in A Young Person’s Guide to John Hubley, written by Brattle Film Notes contributor Chelsea Spear →

“That John Hubley was a dominant force in bringing animation out of the studio system and onto the drawing boards of individual artists is well known. What isn’t is how uncannily Hubley’s life story is an entryway into the social history and controversies of mid-20th century America.” Read Betsy Sherman’s review at The Arts Fuse

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