Credit: <i>The Animation Show of Shows</i>

Aside from World of Tomorrow, a characteristically brilliant piece by Don Hertzfeldt (Everything Will Be OK), there are no revelations in this program of recent short animations, but the selections are consistently imaginative and enjoyable. Especially pleasant is We Can’t Live Without Cosmos, a hand-drawn short by Russian director Konstantin Bronzit that takes a gently comic approach to two astronauts in training. The funniest is Thomas Bourdis, Martin de Coudenhove, Caroline Domergue, Colin Laubry, and Florian Vecchione’s Ascension, a French stop-motion animation about two climbers struggling unsuccessfully to place a statue of the Virgin Mary atop of a mountain. Two of the more visually interesting pieces, both from France, use cutouts as the primary figures: Geoffrey Godet and Burcu Sankur’s Tant de Forêts, an environmentalist statement about the hazards of deforestation, and Isabel Favez’s poignant love story Messages Dans l’Air.