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Color Me Boing Boing!

Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall

Doors open at 10 am for seating, snacks, and hands-on activities. Live pre-show performances begin at 10:30 am

Colorful and zany award-winning animated shorts heavily influenced by minimalism and mid-century modern style and sensibilities. Make Book Art before the show with artists from Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

  • Kaleidoscope Jazz Chair, c. Pyramid Media, 1960, 7 min. A playful kaleidoscopic film by the legendary designers, Charles and Ray Eames.
  • Geometry of Circles c. Children’s Television Workshop, 1979. 1 min. Circles of each color of the rainbow are animated into geometric patterns to a Philip Glass score.
  • The Pink Phink, c. MGM, 1964, 7 minutes. The academy award winning short starring Blake Edward’s Pink Panther who paints everything he sees pink.
  • Gerald McBoing Boing, c. Sony Pictures, 1951, 7 min. A minimalist, animated adaptation of the Dr. Seuss tale of a boy who can only talk in sound effects.
  • The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics © MGM, 1965, 10 min. Based on the book by Norman Juster and directed by Chuck Jones, this visually amusing tale is about a line trying to impress a dot, who is crazy about a squiggle.
  • The Pink Blueprint, c. MGM, 1966, 7 minutes. The Pink Panther is at it again. This time he insists upon building a modern pink house.

Childish Films @ the Library is a free program of children’s cinema and arts for all ages. Each screening features a pre-show activity, an educational introduction, and complimentary healthy snacks. Admission is free with open seating to the public. Most films are best enjoyed by ages 3 and older, but children and people of all ages are welcome to attend. If you have specific questions about the content of a particular film, please e-mail our curators. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 612.543.8107 for more information.

Sponsors: Crash+Sues, Lerner Publishing Group, Minnesota Parent, Weston Woods Studios and Whole Foods Market.

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