One Week

  • Directors: Edward F Cline, Buster Keaton
  • Producers: Joseph M Schenck
  • Writers: Edward F Cline, Buster Keaton
  • Genres: Short, Comedy
  • Actors: Buster Keaton, Sybil Seely, Joe Roberts, Lon Chaney citation needed

The story involves two newlyweds, Keaton and Seely, who receive a build-it-yourself house as a wedding gift. The house can be built, supposedly, in “one week.” A rejected suitor secretly re-numbers packing crates. The movie recounts Keaton’s struggle to assemble the house according to this new “arrangement”. The end result is depicted in the picture. As if this weren’t enough, Keaton finds he has built his house on the wrong site and has to move it. The movie reaches its tense climax when the house becomes stuck on railroad tracks and with great effort, Keaton and Seely just manage to move it out the way of an oncoming train. As the couple look relived, the house is immediately struck and demolished by another train coming the other way. Keaton stares at the scene, places a ‘For Sale’ sign with the heap (attaching the building instructions) and walks off with Seely.

The New York Times movie review said, “One Week, a Buster Keaton work, has more fun in it than most slap-stick, trick-property comedies.”[2]

Merry Madagascar

  • Directors: Bret Haaland, Nick Filippi
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  • Genres: Animation, Short, Adventure, Comedy, Family
  • Actors: Tom McGrath, Jeff Glen Bennett, James Patrick Stuart, John DiMaggio, Danny Jacobs, Kevin Michael Richardson, Andy Richter, Nicole Sullivan, Conrad Vernon, Mary Scheer, Tara Strong 1 2

The Penguins of Madagascar is a spin-off of the “Madagascar” films, which takes place after the second movie. The series follows the adventures of four penguins: Skipper, Kowalski, Private, and Rico who perform various paramilitary missions to protect their home in the Central Park Zoo. The penguins often have to deal with problems caused, or made worse, by the lemurs King Julien XIII, Maurice, and Mort.

It is not known how the penguins and lemurs arrived at the zoo after their adventures in both “Madagascar” films; however, at the end of the second movie, the penguins were seen flying to Monte Carlo in a repaired aircraft. During the show’s opening title, the penguins are also seen opening a crate that reads “Madagascar” and contains the three lemur characters. DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg has stated that “there is at least one more chapter. We ultimately want to see the characters make it back to New York.”[7]

A Charlie Brown Christmas

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  • Genres: Animation, Short, Comedy, Family
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On their way to join the rest of the Peanuts gang all skating on a frozen pond, Charlie Brown confides in Linus that even though Christmas is approaching he still feels depressed despite all the presents and cards and tree decorating. His depression and aggravation only get exacerbated by the goings-on in the neighborhood. Though his mailbox is empty of Christmas cards, he tries sarcastically to thank Violet for the card she “sent” him, though Violet says she did not send him a card.

Ultimately, Charlie Brown visits Lucy in her psychiatric booth. On her advice, he gets involved in directing a school play about the Nativity. She also sympathizes with Charlie Brown about holiday depression, always getting “a lot of stupid toys” instead of what she really wants: real estate.

On the way to the auditorium, Charlie Brown is drawn to Snoopy, who is frantically and gleefully busy decorating his doghouse. After Charlie Brown demands an explanation, Snoopy hands him a flyer about a neighborhood lights and display contest.

Charlie Brown walks away in frustration at his own dog being bitten by the commercial bug. He then gets accosted by Sally, who wants Charlie Brown to take dictation for a letter to Santa, in which she ultimately asks him (Santa) to “just send money”, particularly tens and twenties, causing Charlie Brown to run away in exasperation of even his sister’s commercial corruption.

The story touches on the over-commercialization and secularism of Christmas, and serves to remind viewers of the true meaning of Christmas: the birth of Jesus Christ, continuing a theme explored by satirists such as Stan Freberg and Tom Lehrer during the 1950s.

Chad Vader

  • Directors: Aaron Yonda, Matt Sloan
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  • Genres: Short, Comedy
  • Actors: Aaron Yonda, Matt Sloan, Brad Knight, Christina LaVicka, Paul Guse, Craig Johnson, Rob Matsushita

The storyline centers around Chad Vader, the younger brother of Darth Vader, who works as a day-shift manager at a supermarket named Empire Market. The story presents Chad’s clash with customers and other employees while incorporating dialogue and concepts from Star Wars.

Big Buck Bunny

  • Directors: Sacha Goedegebure aka Sago
  • Producers: Ton Roosendaal
  • Writers: Sacha Goedegebure aka Sago
  • Genres: Animation, Short, Comedy
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The plot follows a day of the life of Big Buck Bunny when he meets three bullying rodents, Frank, Rinky and Gamera. The rodents amuse themselves by harassing helpless creatures of the forest by throwing fruits, nuts and rocks at them. After the deaths of two of Bunny’s favorite butterflies, and an offensive attack on Bunny himself, Bunny sets aside his gentle nature and orchestrates a complex plan for revenge.

Tales of the Black Freighter

  • Directors: Zack Snyder
  • Producers: Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Deborah Snyder
  • Writers: David Hayter, Alex Tse, Dave Gibbons, Alan Moore
  • Genres: Animation, Short, Horror
  • Actors: Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson, Matt Frewer, Stephen McHattie

The story takes place in an alternate timeline in which masked, costumed vigilantes fight crime in America, originally in response to a rise in masked and costumed gangs and criminals. In the 1930s and ’40s, the vigilantes formed a group called the Minutemen to “finish what the law couldn’t.” Of the eight Minutemen, three died violently, one disappeared, and one was committed to an asylum. Decades later, a second generation of “superheroes” attempts to form a similar team called the Watchmen. Various historical events are shown to have been altered by the existence of superheroes, such as the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the Vietnam War. The American victory in Vietnam, due to the intervention of the godlike being Doctor Manhattan, leads to Richard Nixon’s third term as President following the repeal of term limits in the United States. By the 1980s, however, the Watchmen have been outlawed by Congress after an outpouring of anti-vigilante sentiment in the country, and tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union have escalated the Cold War with threats of nuclear attack.

By 1985, only three Watchmen remain active: the Comedian and Doctor Manhattan, both of whom act with government sanction, and the masked vigilante Rorschach, who refuses to retire and remains active illegally. Investigating the murder of government agent Edward Blake, Rorschach discovers that Blake was the Comedian, and concludes that someone may be trying to eliminate the Watchmen. He attempts to warn his retired comrades—his former partner Daniel Dreiberg (Nite Owl), the emotionally detached Dr. Jonathan Osterman (Doctor Manhattan), and Dr. Manhattan’s lover Laurie Jupiter (the Silk Spectre). Dreiberg is skeptical, but nonetheless relates the hypothesis to billionaire Adrian Veidt (Ozymandias), who dismisses it.

With the end of the Cold War and the uniting of humanity, Jupiter and Dreiberg return to New York City as it’s being rebuilt to begin a new life together. The film closes with a newspaper editor in New York complaining of having nothing worthwhile to print because of the worldwide peace. He tells a young employee that he may print whatever he likes from a collection of crank mailings, among which lies Rorschach’s journal.

A Christmas Carol

  • Directors: J Searle Dawley
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  • Writers: Charles Dickens
  • Genres: Short, Drama, Fantasy
  • Actors: Marc McDermott, Charles S Ogle

The day before the Christmas holiday, Ebenezer Scrooge, a hard-fisted miser, refuses to contribute to the Charity Relief Committee, and then rudely rejects his nephew Fred when he visits Scrooge in his office. When Scrooge returns home, he sees the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley, who warns him of the punishment he will suffer in the next life if he does not change his ways. That night, Scrooge is visited by three more spirits, who show him his past, the present, and the future that awaits him.

Thriller

  • Directors: John Landis
  • Producers: George Folsey Jr
  • Writers: John Landis, Michael Jackson
  • Genres: Horror, Romance, Short, Thriller, Music
  • Actors: Michael Jackson, Ola Ray, Vincent Price

It is the late 1950s. A teenaged Michael and his unnamed date (Ola Ray) run out of gas in a dark, wooded area. They walk off into the forest, and Michael asks her if she would like to go steady. She accepts and he gives her a ring. He warns her, however, that he is “different”. A full moon appears, and Michael begins convulsing in agony â€“ transforming into a horrifying werewolf. His date shrieks and runs away, but the werewolf catches up, knocking her down and begins lunging at her with his claws.

The scene cuts away to a modern-day movie theater (exteriors filmed at the Palace Theatre in downtown Los Angeles[9]), where Michael and his date â€“ along with a repulsed audience â€“ are actually watching this scene unfold in a movie called “Thriller” starring Vincent Price. Michael’s date is scared, but he is clearly enjoying the horror flick (part of the dialogue of the unseen film contains Landis’ signature line “See you next Wednesday” before the audience screams again). Frightened, his date leaves the theatre. Michael hands his popcorn to the stranger next to him, and catches up to her, smiling and saying “It’s only a movie!” Some debate follows over whether or not she was scared by the scene; she denies it, but Michael disagrees.

After the credits, when they concurrently show the zombies dancing again, the disclaimer humorously states, “Any similarity to actual events or persons living, dead (or undead) is purely coincidental.” Landis’ An American Werewolf in London likewise offered this disclaimer. After the warning the zombies dance back to the grave then another zombie comes into view and gives a horrifying grimace to the camera that freeze frames before blood runs down the screen and the screen turns to black.

9

  • Directors: Shane Acker
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  • Writers: Shane Acker
  • Genres: Animation, Short, Fantasy, Thriller
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9 is a sentient rag doll who appears to be the last of his kind, living in the ruins of a decaying parallel world, and is hunted relentlessly by a twisted mechanical beast that has killed eight of his rag doll kindred by stealing their souls with a canister-like talisman. 9 was formerly accompanied by his friend and mentor, the one-eyed 5, with whom he scavenged the ruins of their world in search of tools that would help them survive. However, the monster attacked 5 and stole his soul with its talisman, though 9 narrowly escaped with a similar, glowing talisman given to him by 5.

In an attempt to destroy the monster, 9 prepares a trap and lures it into an old building where it is briefly subdued, allowing 9 to steal its talisman. The monster breaks free and chases 9 through the building, cornering him on a wooden plank elevated high above the floor. Just as the monster crawls along the unstable plank and approaches him, 9 leaps to safety and knocks the plank down. The monster plummets to the floor below, impaled and killed by the falling plank. After setting up a memorial for his kindred, 9 puts the two talismans together to create a larger canister that releases the souls of all the monster’s victims, including 5. Before vanishing, 5’s spirit turns to 9 and gives him an approving nod. 9 sets off to parts unknown, leaving the canister behind.

The Hunt for Gollum

  • Directors: Chris Bouchard
  • Producers: Executive producer, Chris Bouchard, Co producers, Brian Lavery, Gladys San Juan, Julianne Honey Mennal, Spencer Duru, Assistant producer, Ashram Maharaj
  • Writers: Novel, J R R Tolkien, Screenplay, Chris Bouchard, Additional writing, Julianne Honey Mennal, Sabina Sattar, Stuart Price
  • Genres: Short, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
  • Actors: Adrian Webster, Arin Alldridge, Patrick O Connor, Rita Ramnani, Gareth Brough, Max Bracey

The film is set during the timespan of The Fellowship of the Ring. It takes place seventeen years after Bilbo Baggins’ 111th birthday party and just prior to Frodo Baggins leaving the Shire (Middle-earth) for Rivendell . The wizard Gandalf fears that Gollum may reveal information about the One Ring to the Dark Lord Sauron, and sends the Ranger Aragorn on a quest to find him.