Antiwar Animation: A Lost Art?

By Joe Scarry, originally posted on Scarry Thoughts

I’m just back from a retrospective of the animations produced by John and Faith Hubley at the Siskel Film Center in Chicago.

I’m breathless over the short animation from 1964 called “The Hat.”

“I … must … have … my … HAT!”

It’s a pitch-perfect antiwar tale — timeless.  You can read about it on the Michael Sporn Animation blog, and watch it in two parts on Youtube. I don’t know what part of “The Hat” I like best: the totally convincing dialogue (spoken by Dizzy Gillespie and Dudley Moore)? the original soundtrack they created?  the mythic arc of the story? the exquisite drawings?

“The Hat” – Part 1

“The Hat” – Part 2

Where are we going to get more of this kind of work to power the movement to abolish war?

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