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A Universe Inside Out: Hubley Animation

April 29-30

The creative team of John Hubley (1914–1977) and Faith Hubley (1924–2001) produced handdrawn animations that were as broad-ranging as they were innovative. This three-part series represents over fifty years of independent animation by two generations of the Hubley family, beginning with a selection of shorts by John and Faith. Known for their distinctive style and collaborations with Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, and other musicians, the Hubleys embraced music, sound, and improvised dialogue, sometimes even building films around rollicking recordings of their young children in discussion with each other. Not surprisingly, the Hubleys’ distinctive approach to storytelling directly influenced other artists, including their own children. The Hubley Studio, led by Emily Hubley — a well-known animator in her own right — continues to preserve and make available these gems in both 35mm and 16mm format. With thanks to the Museum of Modern Art, the Academy Film Archive, and Emily Hubley for her participation in the program.

Eggs (Faith and John Hubley, 1970)
courtesy Hubley Studio, Inc.

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