Animation Block Party

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For the tenth year in a row, the multivenue festival sets out to prove that cartoons aren’t just kid stuff. The lineup kicks off July 25 with an opening party; pop duo Adam Green and Binki Shapiro, and anthemic indie-rock band Hooray for Earth perform, while the audience views toons provided by big guns the Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Pixar. On July 26, ABP heads outside for an alfresco screening of 17 shorts at Rooftop Films. As a bonus for being an adult, admission gets you into a free beer-and-vodka happy hour at nearby bar Matchless. On July 27 you can buckle in at BAM’s Peter Jay Sharp Building: The theater hosts a full day of programming, including blocks of kid-friendly shorts, experimental vignettes and vintage celluloid toons. Through July 28 you can catch international, independent student-made flicks as part of the fest’s juried competition, but don’t get fooled into thinking the block party has gone totally highbrow. Puerile gem Beavis and Butt-head Do America (Sat 27) and thrilling fantasy The Secret of NIMH (Sun 28) are also worthy arguments for the animation form.
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