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17th annual animation show of shows

17th Annual Animation Show of Shows

Thursday, July 28 - Saturday, July 30 • 7:00 p.m.

$5 General Admission, each night

Since 1998, The Animation Show of Shows has selected the best in animated short films from the world's most renowned animation festivals and presented them at the major animation studios to inspire their animators and directors. Note: The same compilation of shorts will be shown each night.

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The Story of Percival Pilts

Australia / New Zealand

the story of percival pilts

While playing on stilts, young Percival Pilts vows "Never again shall my feet touch the ground!" Compelled ever higher, he builds his stilts so tall that he no longer fits into normal society. A whimsical story about the challenges and charms of living an impractical life.

Tant de Forêts

France

tant de forets

A French animated short, based on a poem of the same name by Jacques Prévert, Tant de Foréts ("So Many Forests") illustrates the moral and philosophical questions raised by using paper to inform about and advocate against the denuding of the world's forests for paper production.

The Ballad of Holland Island House

United States

The Ballad of Holland Island House

The Ballad of Holland Island House is a short animation made with an innovative clay-painting technique in which a thin layer of oil-based clay comes to vibrant life frame by frame. Animator Lynn Tomlinson tells the true story of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay. Told from the house's point of view, this film is a soulful and haunting view of the impact of sea-level rise.

Behind the Trees

United States

Behind the Trees

Inspired by a found voice memo, the nocturnal ramblings of author Neil Gaiman are illuminated by his wife, musician Amanda Palmer.

We Can't Live Without Cosmos

Russia

We Can't Live Without Cosmos

Nominated for the 2016 Oscar for Animated Short Film, this Russian short tells the story of two friends who commit to becoming cosmonauts together and the consequences of that endeavour.

Messages Dans L'Air

France / Switzerland

Messages Dans L'Air

A woman, a boxer, and the mischievous cat that brings them closer together.

Stripy

Iran

Stripy

All the workers at the factory have one job: paint stripes on boxes. Stripy tells the story of what happens when one worker decides to paint stripes a little differently than the rest.

Ascension

France

Ascension

Two mountain climbers attempt to place a religious icon atop a snow covered mountain. Nature fails to cooperate in this comedy.

Love in the Time of March Madness

United States

Love in the Time of March Madness

Melissa Johnson hit 6'4" tall in 8th grade. This film follows her hilarious and awkward misadventures in romance as she dates shorter men and gets cheered or jeered wherever she goes. Blazing with honesty and dark humor, this animated "tall short" is a true story about embracing difference that is certain to disarm and delight.

World of Tomorrow

United States

World of Tomorrow

Winner of the 2015 Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film and nominated for an Academy Award in 2016, this film tells the story of a young girl who is taken on a tour of her future by one of her own descendants.

How He Fell in Love

How He Fell in Love

Tues., Wed., Thurs., August 2, 3 & 4 • 6:00 p.m.

$5 General Admission, each night

A casual affair between a young musician and a married woman turns into an intimate and profound connection that threatens to derail their lives.

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Jim Mize

Jim Mize

Friday, August 5 • 7:00 p.m.

$10 General Admission

Jim Mize, a locally acclaimed singer, songwriter, and guitarist, will perform his original music, described by the Arkansas Times as "electric, regionally inflected redneck rock with glimpses of a kind of vulnerability that is frightening and adult."

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James Bond Marathon

From Russia with Love

From Russia with Love

Wednesday, August 10 • 7:30 p.m.

$10 General Admission (ticket includes film and related activity)

James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE.

Related activity: Nerf battle • 6:00 p.m.

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On Her Majesty's Secret Service

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Thursday, August 11 • 7:30 p.m.

$10 General Admission (ticket includes film and related activity)

James Bond woos a mob boss's daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps that involves beautiful women from around the world.

Related activity: "Defuse the Bomb" themed capture the flag • 6:00 p.m.

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Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Friday, August 12 • 7:30 p.m.

$10 General Admission (ticket includes film and related activity)

007 is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organization and a reliable psychic tarot card reader.

Related activity: Museum of Discovery exhibit • 6:00 p.m.

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Licence to Kill

Licence to Kill

Saturday, August 13 • 2:00 p.m.

$10 General Admission (ticket includes film and related activity)

James Bond goes rogue and sets off to unleash vengeance on a drug lord who tortured his best friend, a C.I.A. agent, and left him for dead and murdered his bride after he helped capture him.

Related activity: Cultural Fair • 4:00 p.m.

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Tomorrow Never Dies

Tomorrow Never Dies

Saturday, August 13 • 6:00 p.m.

$10 General Admission (ticket includes film and related activity)

James Bond heads to stop a media mogul's plan to induce war between China and the UK in order to obtain exclusive global media coverage.

Related activity: Cultural Fair • 4:00 p.m.

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Casino Royale

Casino Royale

Sunday, August 14 • 5:00 p.m.

$10 General Admission (ticket includes film and related activity)

Armed with a licence to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, but things are not what they seem.

Related activity: "Game Day", consisting of card/tabletop/board games • 2:00 p.m.

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Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet

Friday, September 16 • 6:00 p.m.

$5 General Admission, each night

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.

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The Lobster

The Lobster

Monday & Tuesday, September 19 & 20 • 6:00 p.m.

$5 General Admission, each night

In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Saturday, September 24 • 7:00 p.m.

$5 General Admission

A mixture of fantastical rock opera and horror movie spoof. A couple of ordinary kids have car trouble one dark and rainy night and knock on the door of a looming gothic mansion. They are stunned to learn that they have stumbled into an ongoing convention of kinky characters, hosted by Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a mad scientist from the planet Transsexual.

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Manhattan Short 2016

Manhattan Short 2016

Monday & Tuesday, September 26 & 27 • 7:00 p.m.

$5 General Admission, each night

Join over 100,000 film lovers in over 250 cities across six continents gather in cinemas, museums, and universities for one purpose…to view and vote on the Finalists' Films in the 19th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival.

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About Ron Robinson Theater

The Ron Robinson Theater is a 315-seat multi-purpose event venue. Part of the Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Main Library campus, it is designed to provide programs for all ages including films, music performances, plays, readings, lectures, speakers, and children’s activities. The theater is equipped with a state-of-the-art DCI-compliant Barco digital cinema projection system and 32' wide retractable screen; and, a versatile sound system capable of Dolby 7.1 surround audio for movies, with a CL3 digital mixing console with ample inputs for traditional music concerts.

As with other CALS meeting space, the theater may be used by the public, based on availability.

Little Rock voters approved a bond issue in 2012 that provided funding for the Arcade Building. Through a public-private partnership between CALS, Clinton-Commerce LLC (which includes Moses Tucker Real Estate), Monroe Cache, retail stores, offices, and a restaurant are housed in the Arcade Building, a three-story, 60,000 square foot structure.

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