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Puppet Masters of the Macabre Present Spooky Stop-motion Animation at MoCCA

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The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art - MoCCA is pleased to present:Puppet Masters of the Macabre: a night of spooky stop-motion animation Thursday, April 29, 7 PMAdmission: $5 | Free for MoCCA Members

Puppet Masters of the Macabre: a night of spooky stop-motionanimation will be hosted by Aurelio Voltaire and prresented by SmallAnd Creepy Films and The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art.

Stop-motion animation has been around since the very beginning offilm and is still around today. The art of manipulating rubber puppetsand bringing them to life by posing them one frame at a time on filmhas seen something of a renaissance in recent history with the releaseof such films as Coraline, The Fantastic Mr. Fox and A Town CalledPanic. Unlike it's shiny and new cousin, computer animation,stop-motion has always had a home-made and somewhat surreal quality to it. Perhaps it is for that reason that it is often the technique ofchoice for filmmakers like Tim Burton and Henry Selick, looking tocreate a strange and spooky world (Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, James and the Giant Peach).

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Aurelio Voltaire, a filmmaker firmly entrenched in the world of dark,puppet animation takes us on a little tour of the genre on April 29thduring "Puppet Masters of the Macabre: A Night of Spooky Stop-MotionAnimation". Voltaire will screen excerpts from his reel (includingstation IDs created in the early days of MTV and The Sy Fy channel and a few of his award-winning shorts) as well as the work of othercolleagues and luminaries of macabre animation. The screening will beimmediately followed by a panel discussion lead by Voltaire. On thepanel will be Micah Van Hove of Small and Creepy films and otherstop-motion animators and industry professionals.

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This presentation will take place at MoCCA and is in association withSmall and Creepy Films (http://www.smallandcreepy.com) a destination for whimsically dark shorts on the internet.

For a glimpse at Voltaire's work visit:http://www.youtube.com/voltairenyc

http://www.smallandcreepy.com is the website of Caroline Thompson (Screenwriter of Edward Scissorhands, Corpse Bride, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Adams Family and others).

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