On the 27th of November all animation and book friends are welcome to join ANIMATION DAY at the Rahva Raamat bookshop in Viru centre, which is organized in co-operation with “Animated Dreams” festival. Already at 11:00 o'clock an animation film programme starts, screening contains films from this year's animation festival. At 12:00 o'clock animation festival guest Chris J. Robinson will present his book “Between Genius and Utter Illiteracy: a Story of Estonian Animation”. It's a great chance to chat with the author and ask for autographs! Everyone is welcome!
Chris J. Robinson is the man behind the by-line Animation Pimp in Animation World Magazine. He rose to wider acclaim as the artistic director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Robinson has called Estonian animation directors “the rock stars of world festival animation." To quote Janno Põldma: “The names Pärn, Raamat, Tuganov and Kütt mean as much to Robinson as do the legendary Ottawa Senators hockey stars.” And all this by sheer coincidence—when Robinson as a young festival director saw Priit Pärn and Janno Põldma’s film “1895” for the first time at the 1996 Stuttgart festival and got to know Estonian ironic-surreal animation and its creators better (thanks to Viru Valge), serious consequences were unavoidable. Robinson decided to write down the entire history of Estonian animation, which was published in 2003 as the thick tome “Between Genius and Utter Illiteracy: A Story of Estonian Animation.”