Small-screen hero - Page 2

Honoring the versatile John Korty's 50-year career

John Korty is noted for his big-screen films, including 1976's Alex and the Gypsy.

Korty's longtime animation jones has rarely won much attention, despite its scattered presence in his filmography (like Funnyman's brief cartoon interludes). But it found full expression in 1983's feature Twice Upon a Time, which closes the Rafael series. Regrettably underseen even by professed animation fanatics, a theatrical nonstarter, and DVD (let alone Blu-ray) holdout, it utilizes cut-out techniques Korty devised himself to follow "all purpose animal" Lorenzo, his sidekick Mum (who "speaks" in foley effects), and their fight to prevent evil Synonamess Botch from dropping "nightmare bombs" into the subconscious minds of sleepers worldwide. It's a charming odyssey that recalls 1968's Yellow Submarine in applying adult wit and design imagination to child-friendly 'toonery.

As if all this weren't rangy enough, a November 27 shorts program traverses ground from a 1961 documentary (The Language of Faces, chronicling a Quaker peace vigil at the Pentagon) to brief Sesame Street animations and 1974's The Music School, a half-hour John Updike miniature from PBS' American Short Stories series. *


Through Dec. 4, $6.75–<\d>$10.25

Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

1118 Fourth St., San Rafael

(415) 454-1222


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