Animation - Anime and Cartoons

August 21 - Statement re. Song of the South

LoneStarCon 3 had previously announced a presentation of Disney's Song of the South, to be shown in conjunction with a talk about the period when the film was made, the historical reality of the time, and the changing perspectives of the film in the light of the Civil Rights movement.

We accept that while we fully intended to show the film in context, this was not adequately explained in the text published on our website and in our Pocket Program. Moreover, to continue showing the film in the light of the public concern expressed over the last few hours would send entirely the wrong messages about our event's commitment to diversity and inclusion. We will therefore no longer be presenting this film as part of our program.

We got this wrong, and we apologize unreservedly to anyone who has been offended, concerned, or in any way been given cause to doubt the welcome that LoneStarCon 3 will extend to all of our members next week.

We will be running an extensive program of animation including both Anime and Cartoons during LoneStarCon 3. The animation program will be running in Room 202A in the Convention Center.

Thursday, August 29

Noon - Eightman (5 Episodes)

The Eightman is a manga and anime superhero created in 1963 by science fiction writer Kazumasa Hirai and manga artist Jiro Kuwata. He is considered Japan's earliest cyborg superhero, predating even Kamen Rider, and was supposedly the inspiration for RoboCop.

2:00 p.m. - Tex Avery Cartoons from MGM

Two hours of short animation (or anime) with commentary by Tom Safer.

4:00 p.m. - A Cat in Paris (2010)

A Cat in Paris (Une Vie de Chat) is a 2010 French animated comedy film by the French animation studio Folimage, telling the story of a young Parisian girl whose cat leads her to unravel a thrilling mystery over the course of a single evening.

5:15 p.m. - The Real Zombie Hunters of America (2012)

A Web Series about the real Zombie Hunters of America!

6:00 p.m. - Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 (90 min)

Seven years after a devastating earthquake that left Tokyo almost totally destroyed, Linna Yamazaki moves to Tokyo from the countryside where boomers are rare or non-existent and makes contact with Priss Asagiri twice, once after nearly being run over by Priss on her motorcycle and once while fighting a rogue boomer with Priss in her hardsuit. Megacorporation Genom has been producing boomers, a form of autonomous intelligent robot, to help rebuild Tokyo with manual labour where they appear as roughly humanoid, as well as menial service jobs and middle management positions where they are anthropomorphic. Occasionally these boomers go rogue and morph into a new shape while assimilating nearby machines and killing humans.

Friday, August 30

10:00 a.m. - Cartoons Featuring Sylvester

Warner Brothers. 2 hours of short animation (or anime) with commentary by Tom Safer.

Noon - Gay Purree (1962)

The story is set in 1895 France and takes place predominantly in Paris. However, it begins on a farm in rural Provence. The lovely housecat Mewsette and the accomplished but shy mouser Jaune Tom are in love, but the former is frustrated with his plebeian ways (and those of the farm), to the point of calling him a "clumsy country clod". Inspired by the human Jeanette's stories of the glamour and sophistication of Paris ("Take my Hand, Paree"), Mewsette runs away by taking a train to the big city, where she encounters the slick con-cat Meowrice ("The Money Cat"). Taking advantage of the country kitty's naivete, he puts her in the care of the sultry Madame Henretta Reubens-Chatte, who promises to turn Mewsette into a dainty debutante known as "The Belle of all Paris". Unbeknownst to Mewsette, Meowrice is grooming her to be the mail-order bride of a rich American cat in Pittsburgh known as "Mr. Henry Phtt."

Gay Purr-ee is an animated film musical produced by United Productions of America and released by Warner Bros. in 1962. It features the voice talent of Judy Garland in her first and only animated-film role, as well as Robert Goulet in his first feature film.

2:00 p.m. - Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz (1998)

In the distant future, Mankind has colonized space (with clusters of space colonies at each of the five Earth-Moon Lagrange points), and, down on the Earth, the nations have united as the United Earth Sphere Alliance. However, the Alliance oppresses the colonies with its military power. The colonies desire a peaceful resolution to the situation, joining together in a movement headed by the pacifist Heero Yuy. In the year After Colony 175, Yuy is shot dead by an assassin, forcing the colonies to search for other paths to peace. The assassination also prompts five disaffected scientists from the Organization of the Zodiac (more commonly referred to as OZ) to turn rogue after the completion of the mobile suit prototype Tallgeese.

4:00 p.m. - Trigun 1 (Neo H.K Inc)

Known for its Space Western theme, Trigun is about a man named "Vash the Stampede" and the two Bernardelli Insurance Society employees who follow him around in order to minimize the damages inevitably caused by his appearance. As the series progresses, we learn more about Vash's mysterious history and the history of human civilization on the planet Gunsmoke. The series often employs comic relief and is mostly light- hearted although its tone shifts toward darker and more dramatic situations as the series draws to a conclusion.

6:00 p.m. - Birdy the Mighty (2008)

Birdy Cephon Altera is a Federation agent chasing interplanetary criminals to the planet Earth. While in pursuit of one such criminal, she accidentally kills a high school boy named Tsutomu Senkawa. Fortunately for Tsutomu, there is a way to keep him alive. He ends up being merged into Birdy's body and must remain so until the repair of his body is complete. So, Tsutomu is stuck sharing a body with an attractive, strong, and impulsive space police agent while trying to keep his family and friends from finding out about Birdy. In the meantime, Birdy continues her investigation. Together, they take on a secretive group of evil aliens planning to perform experiments on the unsuspecting inhabitants of Earth.

Saturday, August 31

10:00 a.m. - Swing Symphony Cartoons

Walter Lantz Cartoons. 2 hours of short animation (or anime) with commentary by Tom Safer.

Noon - break

2:00 p.m. - Tokyo Babylon 1

Sixteen-year-old Subaru Sumeragi, the main character, is a very powerful magician, the thirteenth head of the foremost family of onmyōji in Japan, which has served the Emperor for centuries. As such, he is called upon to solve various occult mysteries, or stumbles himself on people whom his kind nature compels him to help. These occurrences form the main plot of most chapters. He lives in Tokyo with his twin sister Hokuto, an exuberant girl whose chief occupations are to design eccentric clothing for herself and her brother, and to egg on their mutual friend Seishirō Sakurazuka, a kindly, 25-year-old veterinarian, when he declares his love for Subaru.

3:00 p.m. - Warner Brothers Cartoons: The Road Runner vs. Wile E Coyote

Warner Brothers. 2 hours of short animation (or anime) with commentary by Tom Safer.

5:00 p.m. - The Villain (1979)

A beautiful woman, "Charming Jones" (Ann-Margret) is being escorted by a cowboy, "Handsome Stranger" (Schwarzenegger). Jones claims money left her by her father, Parody Jones (Martin). However, bad guy Avery Simpson (Elam), who handed her the money, decides he wants it for himself. He hires an old cowboy, "Cactus Jack" (Douglas), to rob them when they leave town. A live action Roadrunner cartoon!

6:45 p.m. - Man's Adventures into Space (2012)

Sunday, September 1

10:00 a.m. - Chuck Jones Favorites

2 hours of short animation (or anime) with commentary by Tom Safer.

Noon - The Iron Giant (1999)

In 1957, a large alien robot crashes from orbit near the coast of Rockwell, Maine with no memory. Shortly after, the Iron Giant wanders off into the mainland. Nine-year-old Hogarth Hughes follows a trail of the forest's destruction and frees the robot, who is stuck in the power cables of an electrical substation. After being rescued by and befriended by Hogarth, the Giant follows him back to his house, where he lives with his widowed mother Annie. Upon their return, the robot attempts to eat the iron off the nearby railroad tracks. Alarmed at the sound of an incoming train, Hogarth tells the giant to repair the tracks. The robot attempts this, but takes too long, causing the train to collide with his head. Hogarth hides the damaged robot in their barn where he discovers the robot is self repairing.

2:00 p.m. - Sailor Moon: Sailor Mars

The protagonist of Sailor Moon, Usagi Tsukino, an ordinary, ditzy, 14-year-old girl - or so she thinks - discovers a talking cat named Luna, who reveals Usagi's identity as "Sailor Moon", a magical warrior who is destined to save Earth from the forces of evil. Usagi must now find the Moon Princess and protect Earth from a series of antagonists, beginning with the Dark Kingdom that appeared once before a long time ago and destroyed the Moon Kingdom. When the dark nemesis attacked the kingdom, the Queen sent the Moon Princess, her guardians, her advisors, and her true love into the future to be reborn. As Usagi and Luna battle evil and search for the Moon Princess, they meet and awaken the other Sailor Senshi, the Moon Princess' guardians, and the mysterious Tuxedo Mask, the Moon Princess' true love.

3:00 p.m. - Animated Star Trek (5 Episodes)

The animated version of the original 1960's versions of Star Trek.

5:00 p.m. - Brave (2012)

In Scotland, a young Princess Merida is given a longbow by her father, King Fergus, for her fifth birthday. While practicing, Merida encounters a will-o'-the-wisp. Soon afterwards, Mor'du, a giant demon-bear, attacks the family. Merida escapes with her mother, Queen Elinor, while Fergus fights off the bear at the cost of his left leg. Years later, Merida has become a free-spirited, strong- willed, headstrong sixteen-year-old and an older sister of identical triplet brothers. Elinor informs her that she is to be betrothed to one of her father's allied clans. Reminding Merida of a legend about a prince who had ruined his own kingdom, Elinor warns her that failure to marry could harm Dunbroch, but Merida is dissatisfied with the arrangement.