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RTE screen Irish animation over Christmas

20th Dec 2002 An assortment of Irish animated shorts are to be broadcast on RTE over the Christmas to mark the achievements of the animation industry over the past year.

To showcase the fine work being undertaken by the significant body of Irish animating talent, RTÉ is screening ANIMATING IRELAND a comprehensive season of over 40 Irish animated films on RTÉ One and Network 2 throughout the Christmas season.

The majority of the films being screened have been funded by Bord Scannan Na hÉireann/ The Irish Film Board, through the Irish Flash scheme and the joint Irish Film Board/ RTÉ/ Arts Council initiative Frameworks. Rod Stoneman, CEO Irish Film Board, is delighted to see these films been shown on the national broadcaster.

"The animation industry really has come of age in recent years. To have two Oscar nominations with 'Give Up Yer Aul Sins' and 'Fifty Percent Grey' in the same year is an enormous achievement for this country. The wealth of creativity which is at the centre of Irish animation is gaining recognition on the world stage and it is very exciting that RTÉ are broadcasting a wide range of animations over the Christmas period."

The season kicks off on Christmas Eve with a documentary about the history and making of Give Up Yer Aul Sins, and this is followed on Christmas Day with a 7-part series of the same title featuring 6 totally new films in addition to the original Oscar-nominated short. St. Stephen’s Day sees another TV premiere on RTÉ One – Treasure Films’ half-hour claymation feature, Ape, a brilliant piece by animator Rory Bresnihan about an Orang Utan who escapes from the zoo, learns to pass himself off as a human and goes on to make it big in showbiz. Bresnihan’s earlier short, the hilarious Guy’s Dog, can be seen, along with all the other Frameworks projects, on Network 2 between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

ANIMATING IRELAND Schedule

SUNDAY 22 DECEMBER NETWORK 2

00.35 FROM DARKNESS by Nora Twomey.
Produced by The Cartoon Saloon.

A beautiful re-telling of the old Inuit folktale known as Skeleton Woman.

MONDAY 23 DECEMBER NETWORK 2

11.15PM FLORIDA WAR by David Quinn. Produced by Quinn Films.

A quirky overview of a future war between the Euros and the Yanks.

01.45AM ORPHEUS by Edith Pieperhoff.

Based on the Greek myth, this project divides the screen into a triptych with the main panel showing the ancient story.

CHRISTMAS EVE RTÉ ONE

8PM THE MAKING OF GIVE UP YER AUL SINS

This half-hour documentary traces the origins of these charmingly animated innocent bible stories told by the children from Rutland Street National School, and their adoption by Brown Bag Films leading to the oscar-nominated animation, 'The Story of John the Baptist.'

CHRISTMAS EVE/DAY NETWORK 2

01.15AM LE DOGS by Damien O'Connor. Produced by Cel Division

An old man and his faithful dog have been living for years in a big rambling house. The arrival of a stray dog creates a grave situation … .

01.25AM SHIP OF FOOLS by Art O'Briain. Produced by Moving Still Productions.

This film examines the nature of sectarianism by chronicling the adventures of Captain Baldy, skipper of an ill-fated vessel, as he navigates the Northern seas.

CHRISTMAS DAY RTÉ ONE

12.30PM GIVE UP YER AUL SINS - Making the Blind See (4'30'')

Jesus performed many miracles. Ann tells the story of Jesus making the blind man see:

2.15PM GIVE UP YER AUL SINS - The story of John the Baptist (Oscar-nominee) (4'30'')

John the Baptist is thrown into prison and the shocking wicked woman wants his head on a plate…

2.30PM GIVE UP YER AUL SINS - The Story of St Patrick (4'30'')

The story of Ireland's own patron saint.

3.02PM GIVE UP YER AUL SINS - The Story of Lazarus (4'30'')

One of the most memorable bible stories, Jesus raises his friend, Lazarus, from the dead.

4.35PM GIVE UP YER AUL SINS - The Birth of Jesus (4'30'')

The story is about Mary and Joseph looking for a room to give birth to Jesus and how they ended up in a stable.

6.10PM GIVE UP YER AUL SINS - The Death of Jesus (4'30'') Jesus was to be crucified on Calvary and there were two robbers put beside him.

11.30PM GIVE UP YER AUL SINS - The Birth of John the Baptist (4'30'')

The Angel Gabriel visits Mary and Elizabeth'

CHRISTMAS DAY NETWORK 2

6.10PM PADDY by Cashel Horgan. Produced by Cybernia. (8')

Incorporating claymation techniques, Paddy takes a humorous look at some of the clichéd portrayals of Ireland and the Irish.

8.10PM HOW IT ALL BEGAN by Edith Pieperhoff. (9')

A light-hearted retelling of a Central American creation myth.

9.15PM GARDENS by Paul Bolger. (6')

An allegory of Northern Irish identities… A gardener goes out daily and waters a hillock in the hope that something will grow and a single oversized shamrock appears.

9.15PM FIFTY PERCENT GREY by Ruairi Robinson. Produced by Zanita Films. (5')

Oscar nominee Fifty Percent Grey deals with themes of life and death. Eternal peace and tranquility isn't all it's cracked up to be.

12.10AM ULYS by Tim Booth. (5'19'')

A short animated look at Joyce's struggle with the writing of his novel Ulysses. As the man himself is alleged to have said; "It's a real bollix of a buk".

02.05AM FIVE GREEN BOTTLES by Gilly Fogg. Produced by Brown Bag Films. (6')

Convinced that the fairies have cursed him with drink, Dermot hunts for them in the grass and traps them in hundreds of empty beer bottles.

ST STEPHEN'S DAY RTÉ ONE

1.15PM GUY'S DOG by Rory Bresnihan. (10'30'')

Guy's Dog dreams of becoming human and seeks to fulfil this dream with the help of Guy's pet lizard…

1.55PM THE KING'S WAKE by Pearse Moore. Produced by Raw Nerve Productions. (30')

It's the feast of Samhain and in ancient Ireland on the eve of his murder, King Conor MacNessa is alone with his memories.

7PM APE by Rory Bresnihan. Produced by Treasure Films (26')

Ape tells the story of Tony, an orangutan who escapes from a zoo in New York and goes on to become the world’s most famous chat show host.

ST STEPHEN'S DAY NETWORK 2

11.45PM WALTER EGO by Jody Gannon. (7'22")

Walter works on the assembly line in a baked bean factory and everyday he avails of the tube journey home to let his mind wander... (7'55'')

02.15AM THE NEST by Owen Fitzpatrick. Produced by Rocket Animation. (11'56")

Strapped into its buggy and abandoned on a vast, lonely beach, a baby journeys into the realm of the primordial....

04.10AM TWILIGHT by Naomi Wilson and Brian Wilson. (7')

Twilight is an experimental stop-action animated film, conceived and on the remote peninsula of Loophead, in West Clare.

FRIDAY 27 DECEMBER NETWORK 2

5.20PM SECOND HELPINGS by Joel Simon. Produced by Sarah Perry. (10')

Yvonne, a chubby eight year old, is caught between her quest of becoming a supermodel and the delights of her mother’s stodgy cuisine.

5.30PM SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT by Tim Ferneé. Produced by Vinegar Hill Productions (30')

A recent BAFTA Award Winner, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a 600 year-old coming of age story, written in late 14th century England, and adapted into modern language.

12.30AM PULLIN' THE DEVIL BY THE TAIL by Pearse Moore. Raw Nerve Productions. (6')

A black goat talks to three old Irish folk-punks as they're walking home one night and they greak out and kill it.

SATURDAY 28 DECEMBER NETWORK 2

5.10PM BUTTERFLY by Glenn Marshall. Produced by Dream Ireland Ltd. (10')

A film about going with the flow.

11.00PM MUTT by Damien O'Connor. Produced by Liquid Films (10'41'')

Using traditional cell animation, Mutt tells a harrowing and true story of a mother who kept a dead baby which her other child found and treated tenderly like a favourite doll.

SUNDAY 29 DECEMBER NETWORK 2

3.45PM THE ANGELIC ORGAN by Caroline Dunn. Produced by Rocket Animation (12')

We are indebted to Richard Pokrich; pleasant and jocular crackpot, inventor, and eccentric for one of the most enchanting instruments ever made: the Angelic Organ.

10.30PM FROM AN EVIL CRADLING by Andrew Kavanagh. Produced by Kavaleer Productions. (7'38'')

Adapted from 'Music', the seventh chapter of Brian Keenan's An Evil Cradling, this film details the mind's spiral into madness and its ultimate triumph over it.

01.30AM THE BIG PICTURE by Corinna Askin. (5')

The Big Picture is based around five incidents from a girl's life and examines the issue of low self-esteem in Irish women.

MONDAY 30 DECEMBER RTÉ ONE

1.10PM REHY FOX by Naomi Wilson. Produced by Metropolitan Films (6'25'')

Naomi Wilson beautifully recreates the folkloric tale of a wily fox, pest of a rural community, who consistently eludes his would-be captors.

MONDAY 30 DECEMBER NETWORK 2

7.30PM THE LAST ELK by Alan Shannon. Produced by Brown Bag Development (8')

The Last Elk charts the sudden decline of the elk through the sporadic deaths of the last remaining herd.

12.35AM MIDNIGHT DANCE by John McCloskey. (6')

Based on the 'Dance Macabre' by Saint Säens, the drawings are photocopied on sugar-paper and then coloured.

NEW YEAR'S EVE NETWORK 2

11.20PM THE MILLINER by Andrew Kavanagh. Produced by Kavaleer Productions (14')

An allegorical tale of the little man versus the masses. (14')

01.40AM WINDOW by Steve Woods. Produced by Paradox Pictures. (6'18'')

Based on the writings of Bobby Sands, this animated piece juxtaposes the grim reality of prisoners physical confinement with the fertile imagery of his mental world.

NEW YEAR'S DAY NETWORK 2

01.40AM THE YELLOW MAN by Carol Bradbury, Gary Blatchford and Pauline Bewick. Produced by Fionnuala O'Toole. (6')

Based on Pauline Bewick's recent book, The Yellow Man unravels a unique imaginative creation set in the countryside of Tuscany.

THURSDAY 02 JANUARY 2003 RTÉ ONE

1.15PM THE IMPERIAL MESSAGE by Stefanie Dinkelbach (6'46'')

Shot in black and white using model animation, this adaptation of a story by Franz Kafka starts when a dying emperor sends a faithful messenger on an infinite journey.

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