Saturday Morning Cartoons

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “67 Aluminum Bars” and “Pika Pika”

67 Aluminum Bars: Jan Pinkava, better known for directing Ratatouille, came across this kinetic scultpure in the National Gallery during the Ottawa International Animation Festival. He quickly enlisted the help of fellow animators and made this film on the spot, just in time for it to be screened at the closing ceremony. (1:32 minutes)

Pikapika: The title means sparkle in Japanese (don’t worry, the film was shot at night, but there are no lame vampires). The Tochka team often visits festivals and encourages members of the public to take part in making these films. (4:35 minutes)

67 Aluminum Bars
by Jan Pinkava

Pika Pika
by Tochka

For more animation, visit our Saturday Morning Cartoon Index.


René Walling is a fan of SF, animation and comics, this has led him to co-chair Anticipation, the 2009 Worldcon, be involved with fps magazine for more than a decade, write reviews of francophone short fiction for The Portal, and start Nanopress, a Canadian small press. He looks forward to living on Mars where he would benefit from having more than 24 hours in a day.

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