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TI he CI ac I< amas P rínt
Wednesday, April 28, 1999
Authors touch readers'
Spike and Mike's
Classic Animation Festival hearts and funny bones
trips the mind
SHELBI WESCOTT
Associate Copy Editor
PHOTO COURTESY OF Pixar Studios
Geri smiles, literally to himself, as he plays an intersting solo version of chess in
the park. This animated short, “Geri's Game,” also precedes the feature
presentation in home video copies of A. Bug's Life.
JEREMY STALLWOOD
Feature Editor
From Sweden, Germany,
Belgium, France, England
and even here in the
United States they came.
They came to boggle our
minds,, to make us try to
piece together an impos­
sible puzzle.
Spike and Mike’s 1999
Classic Festival of Anima­
tion came to Portland last
week, with its entourage of
tripped out cartoons made
to twist the mind into pret­
zel knots until you don’t
know what to think any­
more! It was wonderful!
First, we saw “Shock,”
by Zlatin Radev of Ger-,
many. There wasn’t too
much shock involved, but
it was strange to see a
cartoonist’s drawing come
to life and chase the new
one he was a working on.
The odd situation esca­
lates until the cartoonist is
devoured many times by a
big piece of paper . Such a
dramatic confrontation!
We also saw a very ador­
able cartoon called “Lily
and Jim,” by Don
Hertzfeldt of the United
States. This short, about
he complexities and ten­
sions involved in a blind
date, won Best of Festival
Grand Prize 1998 by'the
USA Film Festival. The
blind date went so badly
that Jim, unable to say no
to anything suggested,
goes ahead and drinks cof­
fee with Lily. Jim is allergic
to coffee, and soon his
face puffs out like a balloon
and his eyes are red, about
to pop out, as he’s drool­
ing on himself. Lily asks if
he’s okay and Jim says he’s
fine. Lily asks if he wants
some more coffee and Jim,
after a long pause, says
sure. Completely insane.
Oh—then we get to the
really tripped-out stuff!
“Fruhling,” by Silke
Parzich of Germany, was a
look at still life that should
have remained still. As it
started, there were all
these chairs dancing in a
circle. Then a table ap­
peared. The table danced
around a bit, then from its
surface grew what looked
like sea shells. These
danced around a bit until
they grew and turned into
forks! The forks then
danced around and sang to
the forks that were hang­
ing out in a drawer under
one of the chairs. After
that one, we were like,
dude, what the hell was
that? It was cool!
Then, we were exposed
to the truth in Ben Gluck’s
“Man’s Best Friend.” Ba­
sically, it was about Adam
and his dog, his best
friend. Everything’s great
until Eve comes about.
Then Adam is paying all
his attention to her, not the
dog. So then, the dog
takes an apple from the
Tree of Knowledge and
gives it to Eve, but then
there’s a twist, and in the
end, the poor serpent loses
out on the spotlight.
Then we met the nicest
moose in “Welcome,” by
Alexei Karaev of Russia.
First the moose lets a bug
ride in his antlers for a
short ride. Then another
critter pops along, then a
rabbit, a few birds, a spi­
der, a woodpecker, and fi­
nally, a great big huge
grizzly bear. When the
moose wants to cross a
stream, all the “resi­
dents” protest. It is then
that the moose realizes
how extreme the situation
has become, especially
when the “residents” all
vote that the moose stay
right where he is. All
seems hopeless until all
of a sudden everyone
comes crashing to the
ground. He had forgot­
ten that moose shed their
antlers.
One familiar cartoon,
toward the end, made us
chuckle.
In “Geri’s
Game” from PIXAR Ani­
mation Studios of the
United States, an old man
plays chess against him­
self, yet in order to win,
even against only him­
self, he feels he has to
cheat. It was a view of
how people are competi­
tive, and how the game
should be measured
against one’s own limita­
tions.
Finally, as a rare treat,
we got to see an encore
presentation of “Ah
L’Amour,” the stick fig­
ure story of an unlucky
man looking for love, or
at least the time. From
asking girls out to the
movies to just saying
hello, each girl would just
explode with anger and
rip his heart out, literally.
Or they would rip all his
skin off, or chop his head
off and chainsaw his
body in half, or stab his
eyes out. Such a gro­
tesque experience! But
very necessary to anyone
who likes to laugh.
HURRY, RUN, NOW
NOW NOW!!! There is still
time to go to the show! To­
night and tomorrow, April
28 and 29, at 7 and 9:15 p.m.
at Cinema 21,616 NW 21st
Ave. Call 223-4515 for more
information.
Alison Baker and Ehud
Havazelet reclined, sipping
water and chatting, as stu­
dents, teachers and commu­
nity members filed in to par­
ticipate in Authors’ Night,
held last Wednesday in Gre­
gory Forum.
The audience quieted as
Baker strolled to the podium,
apologizing for her sore
throat and cold.
After reading a few sen­
tences, audience members
leaned forward with interest
and chuckled with amuse­
ment. When Baker looked up
from reading, she noticed the
smiles and looked pleased.
Mission accomplished: her
job was to be a fisherman—
her words bait, the audience
fish—and with each sen­
tenced she reeled them in.
Havazelet
followed
Baker’s humorous and de­
lightful tale of life in a small
town. The mood quickly
changed as he read about two
Jewish brothers smuggling
money from Switzerland to
bring Jewish families out of
the clutches ofNazi Germany.
When he had finished, the
room sat in a pensive silence.
Baker also discussed the
Mission accomplished: his toils of starting a writing ca­
job was to touch the hearts reer. “It takes persistence to
of those listening to the get published,” she re­
story—his words an out­ marked, “you just keep send­
stretched hand—
ing a story out
and with each sen­
over and over
tence the hand
again.”
moved forward.
Baker be­
Both readers
gan writing at age
captivated the audi­
ten by pounding
ence with their at­ people
out poems on her
tention to detail and want to be
father’s old type­
engaging dialogue.
writer. Several
Baker’s rich imag­ writers, \ ■ years later, she
ery never left me but they
graduated to short
without a detailed
don't want stories. Someday
picture in my mind’s
she Would like to
eye.
And Io write.
write a novel, but
Havazelet’s de­
blames her short
scriptions allowed
attention span for
me to feel as if I, too,
her inability to fin­
Ehud ish one on.
was living in 1943.
Havazelet
“I always knew I
Baker
Author also views reading
wanted to be a
writer,”
said
her work as a trea­
Havazelet during
sured experience.
the question and answer “It’s a chance to break out
session. “A lot of people of my writer’s comer and
want to be writers, but they share my quirky ideas with
don’t want to write.”
an appreciative audience.
He admitted that writing is That’s very rewarding.”
hard work; it takes sweat and
The evening was im­
tears, and a writer can’t al­ mensely enjoyable. It had
ways wait for inspiration. been a long time since I had
However, he “find[s] the been read to, and I had for­
work rewarding and enjoy­ gotten what an experience it
able.”
could be.
Take Our Daughters to Work
TONI MCMICHAEL/ Clackamas Print
Jennifer Pendley and daughter Cory Jo, 41/2, enjoy lunch during "Take Our
Daughters to Work Day" last Thursday. The event was sponsored by the
"Connections: Women Creating Community" program. "Take Our Daughters"
was created by the Ms. Foundation several years ago to give girls a chance to
explore career options.