Denis Armstrong, Ottawa Sun
Call animated films cartoons and Chris Robinson gets a little testy, which is understandable.
As the artistic director of Ottawa’s International Animation Festival, the author and film programmer screens more than 2,000 films that want to be shown at the annual Animation Festival. Only 150 actually make it in.
Animated films are much more than cartoons, he points out, because they have the ability to amuse, entertain, and most importantly, satirize the way no regular film can.
That’s an awesome power, one that few films outside Jean Cocteau are even remotely capable of duplicating.
And because they work with cute and playful images, animators can say dangerous truths and get away with it.
“Short animated films are the poets of the film industry,” Robinson states flatly.
“They aren’t made by nerds, but by people who are passionate about the art.”
So, you can understand why Robinson, or anyone who loves film, gets defensive calling animated films cartoons. That’s like calling a Harley a bike.
He gets to show what he means Sept. 21 to 25, when his International Animation Festival opens around town.
Read more on the Ottawa Sun website: Ottawans get ‘animated’ at yearly festival