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The Animation Show
The Animation Show is an international collection of the world's best animated short films, programmed by co-producers Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt. The Show's annual goal is to bring animated shorts into more proper theaters than any other program in American history. This first year's lineup includes several international Academy Award nominees, rare material from Disney, never before seen animation from Hertzfeldt and Judge, and many other surprises.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"About half of them aren't worth the effort that plainly went into them."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Exhibits a weakness that's typical of such outings: Its eager young contributors don't have nearly enough ideas of a narrative nature to justify their tedious displays of technical virtuosity."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"The Animation Show serves as a corrective to the limited views of what animation is and provides an avenue for worthy short subjects to be seen on a wider scale."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"From the silly, to the beautiful, to the terminally lame and pretentious, there's a little something for every taste here..."
‑ Eric Campos, Film Threat
"... a welcome return to celebrating the engaging, unexpected and creative examples of contemporary animated short filmmaking."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"A dizzying array of visual treats."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"Features more 'exclusive' shorts than the previous year's version. And the shorts are more creative, imaginative and dazzlingly animated."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A lovely, refined collection that will remind viewers not only of the myriad forms that animated films can take but also of the sheer otherworldliness inherent in the form."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Think of watching The Animation Show as similar to eating a bag of Jelly Bellies. Some of the time, you get something fantastic and some of the time, you get stuck with a jalapeno or a buttered popcorn."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"For fans of ink and paint, we're talking nirvana."
‑ Andrew Wright, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
"Contains the most varied line-up of films you're likely to see in theaters at the moment."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"The batting average isn't perfect for these 12 shorts, ... but the best stuff is worth the ticket price."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Consider me hooked."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Less about yuks than about the fine-arts aspect of animation."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Boasting six Academy Award nominees for best animated short, the program richly rewarded its audience with comedy, kitsch, and wisdom."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Mixed Reviews
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