Fine Toons

Animated films aren’t limited to childish portrayals of fairy tales and stories of living toys or a cute clownfish abducted from his ocean home. Emotionally charged, aesthetically diverse and occasionally raw, good animation unhinges the doors of the mind and lets the inmates out to mingle.

Such is the case with the Nine Nation Animation West film festival, a collection of nine award-winning animated films from nine countries in which Chinese monks and Buddhas, two blue-collar workers and one self-destructive book of matches confront dysfunction, normality and the strange journeys that circumscribe a life. Titles include Belgian flick Flatlife by Jonas Geirnaert and The Tale of How by South Africa's The Blackheart Gang.

May 19-25; Sat., May 28, 3 p.m., 2011
KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Nicholas Gerbis