THE RED BALLOON
- 11:00 AM
All tickets are $7
with two Academy Award winning shorts, Gerald McBoing Boing & Le Poulet
Plus Gerald McBoing Boing sound-alike contest! Prizes to all participants! (11:00 am show only)
11 AM SHOW SOLD OUT! DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, WE'VE ADDED AN 11:15 AM SHOW! (FILMS ONLY - WE ARE UNABLE TO PRESENT CONTEST & BALLOON-O-RAMA AT 11:15 SCREENING). TICKETS TO THE 11:15 AM SHOW ARE ONLY AVAILABLE AT THE BOX OFFICE.
(1956, Albert Lamorisse) Six-year-old petit garçon Pascal Lamorisse (son of the director) and the biggest, shiniest ballon rouge ever — 25,000 were used during shooting — share near dialogue-less adventures tagging after each other through the old Belleville section of Paris. One of the most acclaimed short films of all time, and one of the most beautiful color films ever shot, The Red Balloon was a winner at both Cannes and the Academy Awards; though it is virtually without dialogue, its Oscar was for Best Original Screenplay, making it the only featurette ever to win for a feature category, beating out such contenders as The Ladykillers and La Strada. RED BALLOON will be presented in the miracle of BALLOON-A-RAMA (a top secret screen process). 35mm.
Plus Dr. Seuss’s Gerald McBoing Boing, winner of the 1950 Academy Award for Best Animated Short. The story of a two-year old boy who “can’t speak words – he goes 'boing-boing' instead." Produced by UPA (United Productions of America) and supervised by animation pioneer John Hubley, Gerald McBoing Boing helped revolutionize the Hollywood cartoon with its completely stylized design (even Disney would soon get on this bandwagon within a few years). Following the cartoon, boys and girls 12 and under will be invited to take part in a Gerald McBoing Boing sound-alike contest – with prizes to all participants.
And Claude Berri's Le Poulet, winner of the 1966 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short: When he finds out his beloved pet rooster is to be cooked for Sunday dinner, a little boy schemes to convince his parents that it's not a rooster – but an egg-producing poulet (chicken)! Full program approx 70 min.
THE RED BALLOON
"An utterly charming, tender, and humorous drama of the ingeniousness of a child."
– Bosley Crowther, The New York Times
"A fairy tale without fairies."
– Jean Cocteau