Moonbot Studios co-founder William Joyce, who is also an author, illustrator and pioneer in the digital and animation industry, has teamed up with his partner, illustrator, designer, sculptor and film director Brandon Oldenburg to create a movie series in partnership with Turner Classic Movies.
TCM Movie Camp is a 13 episode series targeted to young adults and future filmmakers kicking off June 7th at 8:00 PM with a screening of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Other titles include:
- Mr. Bug Goes to Town (1941), a parable about a troupe of big-city insects trying to find a better life, is notable today as the first animated feature to be set in modern day and not based on a classic story
- Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928), demonstrates Keaton’s creative range and comic inventiveness in tackling everything from subdued, facial comedy to stumbling pratfalls, as with a sequence where a hurricane races through the town, toppling buildings like matchsticks
- TCM premieres of Moonbot’s animated shorts, Oscar-winning The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore and The Numberlys.
“Our goal with TCM Movie Camp is to bring a new audience to the network and to inspire their interest in classic films at a young age,” said Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM. “We are thrilled to be able to bring our fans this new series and work with Bill and Brandon to offer great insight into the movie making process that will hopefully inspire future filmmakers.”
The hosts have produced videos and infographics explaining what inspires the Moonbot team from each of the films. The company says to keep an eye out, each will premiere on TCM and Moonbot social media accounts.