UPA retrospective highlights Ottawa ani fest


OTTAWA -- A retrospective of work from Hollywood animation studio UPA will topline the upcoming Ottawa International Animation Festival, organizers announced Wednesday.

Unveiling a lineup of 97 competition films and another 31 unspooling out of competition, Ottawa said it will program a host of UPA films that captured three Academy Awards during the 1950s.

"The UPA story is not just about contemporary design, but innovative animation, adult stories, human characters, modern music and social consciousness," said Tee Bosustow, curator of the Ottawa festival retrospective and son of UPA founder Stephen Bosustow.

In addition to Bosustow, other Americans booked for the Ottawa event include J.J. Sedelmaier, who created the "Colbert Report's" "Tek Jansen" cartoon series; Orrin Zucker, co-creator of the animated reality cartoon "It's JerryTime!"; and Jim Blashfield, whose music video credits include work for Talking Heads, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell and Peter Gabriel.

Blashfield's latest animated short, "Bunnyheads" will screen in competition.

The festival also will recognize longtime festival attendee and experimental animator-filmmaker Helen Hill, who was murdered in January in New Orleans.

The second-largest animation festival in the world, the OIAF runs Sept. 19-23. About 2,000 out-of-town visitors and a total audience of more than 20,000 are expected.