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Bent's "Portlandia Rats" Featured in New York Times

The New York Times recently wrote an article about The New York International Children's Festival, stating that, smaller/indie studios like Bent Image Lab make stunningly animated and incredibly enjoyable films that are not just for children and can really entertain adults and teens as well.  Hmm... Shocking!

Rob Shaw’s stop-motion animation from the American IFC television series “Portlandia,” in which rats write an insulting book about people.

The festival, whose 2014 edition opens on Friday and runs for four consecutive weekends at six Manhattan theaters, with a hundred films, has always tried to attract tweens and teenagers as well as 3-to-10-year-olds. They’re an audience underserved not only by many children’s film festivals but also by commercial studios. Between the time young people sit down for their first animated Disney feature and the moment they encounter their first Scorsese film, Hollywood offers them mostly fantasy, comic-book heroics and action movies, often filled with surprising brutality.

New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/07/nyregion/warning-teenagers-may-like-these-movies.html?ref=movies&_r=2
Along from being a running gag, Shaw's 'Rats' are fantastic!  The show is also very enjoyable.  I highly recommend it!

The festival runs from Friday through March 30 at six Manhattan locations: Directors Guild of America Theater, 110 West 57th Street; IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas, at Third Street, Greenwhich Village; Scholastic Theater, 557 Broadway, at Spring Street, SoHo; SVA Theater, 333 West 23rd Street, Chelsea; Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street, at Laight Street; the Village East Cinema, 189 Second Avenue, at 12th Street, East Village.  Screening are $13 to $20.
Portlandia Rats: 'Book'

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