Milestone Films

John Canemaker: Marching to a Different Toon

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For more than two decades the Emmy and Oscar®-winning animator John Canemaker has created films that charm, enlighten and touch audiences. His amazing work features a distinctive personal style emphasizing emotion, personality and dynamic visual expression. His "toons" (which have been featured in everything from The World According to Garp to Pee-wee's Playhouse) are often daring, frequently hilarious and always compassionate. Showcasing Canemaker's wide-ranging talent and emotional resonance, Marching to a Different Toon includes his animation classics: the whimsical Confessions of a Stardreamer, the astonishingly lovely Bottom's Dream, the clever and witty Confessions of a Stand-Up, the enchanting The Wizard's Son, and the wondrously beautiful Bridgehampton.

Canemaker is also a noted author who has written nine books on animation, as well as numerous essays, articles and monographs for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. In 2007 he was awarded the Jean Mitry Award at the Il Giornate del Cinema Muto in Italy for his work researching and promoting the history of classic animation.

Also included in the DVD are selections from Canemaker's collaborative work, including Behind the ScenesThe DNA Concerto, early TV spots for Gay Men's Health Crisis, and excerpts from the award-winning documentaries What Do Children Think of When They Think of the Bomb and Break the Silence: Kids Against Child Abuse. These magical and moving films are enduring treasures of animation that will delight viewers for generations to come. Extra Bonus Feature: John Canemaker's wonderful documentary: Otto Messmer and Felix the Cat!

This DVD is also available for Institutional Purchase, which includes public performance rights and a 3-year streaming license. Please click on the “Format” button and select “DVD Institutional Rate.”

See John Canemaker's beautiful "John Lennon's Sketchbooks" now up online courtesy of Yoko Ono!


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Individuals and non-profit institutions purchasing at the DVD, DVD-R, or Blu-ray rate — or streaming at published rental and sales prices — are authorized to use the film only for private home screening and legitimate classroom showing (a regularly scheduled class with an instructor present), per the United States Copyright Law. You can learn more about the distinction between classroom and public performance screenings here.


US and Canadian nonprofit educational institutions that wish to show a film publicly outside of a scheduled class need to purchase DVDs, DVD-Rs, and Blu-rays at the institutional rate — which grants 3-year in-house streaming rights and an on-site public performance license. This in-house streaming license is for a term of three years from the date of purchase and grants the purchasing institution the right to stream over a single secure server with a password-protected connection. Streaming access must be strictly limited to currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff. Streaming rights extensions can be negotiated with Milestone after the initial three-year term has lapsed. Milestone retains the right to terminate this agreement at any time. No broadcast, Internet or other rights are granted or implied. These rights are for on-site use only per the license agreement. 

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