Saturday, November 05, 2011

Animation Tournees of the 90s

I remember, as a kid in the 90s, I used to go to these International Tournee of Animation shows, and they were all great.


They were strange an upsetting films.

They had a lot to say.

And I don't mind saying, many left me uneasy.

They weren't all horrible, mind you.

But most of them were pretty scary.


Chris Sobieniak said...

It's certainly something you have to have a certain taste to enjoy I suppose.

"The International Tounree of Animation" itself began sometime in the 1960's I've read, but it wasn't until the mid 80's when an offshoot of Animation Magazine named "Expanded Entertainment" took over the tournees and continued them into the early 90's before it was ended completely, often playing in indie/art house venues and the like. A similar theatrical series that was created as a compliment to the former was "Animation Celebration". Several others were concocted when the animation boom hit like "The British Animation Invasion" or "Outrageous Animation" and so-on.

Many of these compilations found their way on home video c/o Expanded Entertainment, but the tapes were usually very pricey but some might be found on eBay with some luck. Pretty much how I came to at least know about these since I don't believe any of those tournees visited in my hometown at all.

Unknown said...

The International Tournee and Spike and Mike. Good times, good times. Wish they'd come back...

Chris Sobieniak said...

We certainly do. People forgot what all that meant.