June 13th

Song of the Sea

Song of the Sea is an Irish film about a boy who discovers his mute sister is a selkie who must find her coat and her voice to free the faerie creatures from a curse cast by the Celtic goddess, Macha, who turns people into stone by trapping their emotions in glass jars. This cartoon is hand-drawn, gorgeous, and different. 

June 19th

Robin Hood

Intelligent and timeless, Robin Hood, with its robust vocabulary and important plot line, make it one of Disney’s most beloved and underrated films. The characters are all memorable and symbolic, and none of the dialogue is dumbed down, but elevated and interesting. Join us as we watch foxy Robin fight the injustice of feudalism with style.

July 2nd

Inside Out

Inside Out is a masterclass in character development. The film personifies our five core emotions, Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust, and takes them through a crisis of self-discovery and growth. A lovely representation of what growing up feels like. Colorful and fun, but ultimately a film about the importance of sadness. 

July 25th

Ponyo

 

Hayao Miyazaki is considered possibly the greatest animtor of all time. His films take their time, and pay close attention to detail. There is an emphasis on setting, world building, and aesthetics over action and explosive movement. Miyazaki’s films are contemplative, all with a sense of community. They each show us the force, beauty, and importance of nature and kindness. His quiet genius is singular and each of his films is a gift. Ponyo is his take on The Little Mermaid. (Though all the two tales have in common is a red-headed fish princess that wants to live ashore. The parallels stop there.) 

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