The visual diversity of these striking personal films reflects John Canemaker's encyclopedic knowledge of animation history: the artist-author draws on the work of John and Faith Hubley, Oskar Fischinger, the National Film Board of Canada, and the Disney tradition of character animation. In "Bottom's Dream," a meditation on "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Canemaker blends pastels, pencil, water color, and cels to evoke the clown's bewildering experiences. He employs similarly mixed media to explore the stream-of-subconscious ramblings of wannabe performers in "Confessions of a Star Dreamer" and "Confessions of a Stand-Up." "Bridgehampton," an evocation of the changing seasons, is a genuine rarity--an independent film the viewer wishes was longer. Canemaker is best known for adapting the look of children's artwork, which he uses to heartbreaking effect in two moving clips from the special "Break the Silence: Kids Against Child Abuse." Unrated: Suitable for ages 10 and older. Mature themes. --Charles Solomon
- Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
- "Otto Messmer and Felix the Cat" (1977, 24 min.) - John Canemaker's documentary in which 84-year-old Otto Messmer talks about developing the famous Felix the Cat and what made the character so popular, illustrated with vintage Felix film clips from the 1920s
- Extensive still galleries from "Breaking the Silence," "The World According to Garp," and more!