Grown-ups have known for years, since parents found themselves begging their kids to take them to see Toy Story again, that animation is not just for drooling infants who don't know how to read or pronounce Jan Svankmeyer correctly. Claymation, anime, CGI, stop-motion, traditional pen, paper and clever uses of transparencies... it's a big area and with the recent release of animation-a-like films such as A Scanner Darkly challenging the now extremely common CGI comedy (Cars, The Ant Bully ad nauseum) animation is getting more and more sophistcated and interesting.
So, it's nice to know that the best of the world's most recent animation is in town from today until Sunday. The London International Animation Festival will be held at the Curzon Soho Cinema and in the packed programme, there are daily programmes showcasing international and homegrown work, kids' sessions, masterclasses and student contributions.
Tickets can be purchased for individual screenings or as passes to part or all of the festival. If you're planning on seeing more than one thing listed before Sunday, and you don't intend to queue for anything, pick up a pass - we hear that's the way to do it.
The London International Animation Festival, 22- 27 August, Curzon Soho Cinema. For details of the full programme and ticket information, go to the festival website here.