Blowin' Smoke in AJC

Local animation draws attention

By Jonathan Williams
For the Journal-Constitution
Published on: 07/10/2008

ATLANTA HAS BEEN rather animated as of late. Last month the Plaza Theatre hosted "Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation" while nearby Midtown Art Cinema wraps a one-week engagement of Mike Judge's "The Animation Show 4" this week. Dethklok, the animated metal band from Adult Swim's "Metalocalypse," headlined a sold-out show at the Tabernacle last week while Pixar's latest robotic release, "Wall-E," has been a box-office success across the country.

But when it comes to cartoons being produced locally, one need look no further than the Atlanta chapter of the Association International du Film d'Animation, which held "Roll Yer Own," a festival of animated shorts produced locally, on Memorial Day that was popular enough for a rescreening last month. This week ASIFA-Atlanta hosts yet another free screening with "Blowin' Smoke," which features work by local animators and studios that produce commercial animation.

Just because these artists make cartoons for a living doesn't mean the results will be any less entertaining than the indie films from "Roll Yer Own."

Highlights from "Blowin' Smoke" include "Busted," a kid-friendly tale by "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" co-creator Matt Maiellaro about two alien children who go on an adventurous UFO ride, and two pieces by Joanna Davidovich, who has done animation work for clients such as MTV, BBC, PBS and Cocoa Puffs.

> THE 411: "Blowin' Smoke." Free. 8 p.m. July 14. The Five Spot, 1123 Euclid Ave., Little Five Points. 404-223-1100,,