Date and Time
Mon, Nov 30
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM CST
Free for members
Online - Zoom
On Monday, November 30 we invite you to join us for a special online discussion on the short animated films of Faith and John Hubley, now streaming on the Criterion Channel.
Faith and John Hubley were among the very best and most skilled animated filmmakers in the world. They were living the high life in Hollywood – he as a Disney animator and she as a script clerk at Columbia Pictures – when the House Un-American Activities Committee subpoenaed John about his union activities. He refused to implicate others and their Hollywood dream was over. Fortunately for the rest of us, John and Faith began to make their own animated films, extraordinary works that drew from modern music, philosophy, literature and painting.
Here are the films we will discuss:
DATE WITH DIZZY (1958, 11 min.): John Hubley’s day job was making animated television commercials, industrial films, and short subjects. This film, written by Faith Hubley, depicts a dubbing session for a cartoon commercial where the musical accompaniment is provided by Dizzy Gillespie and his group, with humorously incongruous results. This film served as a filmed portfolio for John Hubley’s ad work, which is showcased throughout.
TENDER GAME (1958, 6 min.) To the strains of Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson’s beautiful performance of “Tenderly” a love story plays out in broad strokes of the paintbrush.
MOONBIRD (1959, 10 min.) Winner of the Academy Award, this film illustrates an improvised story related by the Hubley’s two very young sons about an attempt to snare a mythological bird.
THE HOLE (1962, 15 min.) Two construction workers (voiced by Dizzy Gillespie and George Matthews) on a job site talk frankly and humorously about accidents. Then the discussion turns to nuclear weapons and the absurdity of the real world becomes apparent as they imagine possible scenarios.
This event is free and open to all AFS members. The Criterion Channel is widely available on all home streaming devices.