"The Hunting of the Snark & Jabberwocky." First Run Features. $15. (800) 488-6652; http://www.firstrunfeatures.com/.
From critically acclaimed animator Michael Sporn ("Whitewash," "Champagne and the Talking Eggs") comes a soulful little masterpiece, an animated adaptation of Lewis Carroll's nonsense poem "The Hunting of the Snark." Sporn turns the adventures of an improbable crew--among them a butcher, a baker, a barrister and a beaver--into a dreamlike, life-renewing quest that is as much for adults as for children.
With fluid dissolves, fine lines, sunbursts of color, firelight reflecting like melted butter, a curling, churning ocean, electric movement and a sense of wonder, this short film is unmistakably an artist's vision, enriched further by James Earl Jones' narration and composer Caleb Sampson's score.
"Snark" is accompanied by an almost wistful "Jabberwocky" and a short bio, "Lewis Carroll: Glimmers of a Life," animated collage-style, with montages of photographs and classic illustrations.