Spike & Mike Twisted Animation Festival Nov. 22 in Cambridge MA

The Sick & Twisted Animation Festival will be part of the New England Fan Experience, Nov. 22 at the Hyatt Hotel in Cambridge, featuring 75 minutes of the freakiest cartoons known to mankind.

Cambridge, MA, November 13, 2008 --(PR.com)-- There will be two completely different shows, at 8:30 p.m.10:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008 at the Hyatt Hotel. There are only 400 seats available for each show at only $10.00 each. Tickets are available online at the New England Fan Experience website www.NEFanX.com.

It all started in 1977 with Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation and later the popular and infamous Spike & Mike’s Sick & Twisted. What Spike & Mike have accomplished is quite remarkable, if you really think about it. Creating a whole cottage industry producing, promoting & distributing their own theatrical as well as their own funding, marketing, 35mm lab conversion, producing many of their own shorts, creating yearly sequels that are as good or better than the previous year all without a publicist. US theatrical premiers that include Wallace & Gromit, Beavis & Butthead, the first films of Andrew Stanton, John Lasseter, Pixar, Bill Plympton, Danny Antonucci, Eric Fogel, Breehn Burns, Tim Burton, Brad Bird, Pete Docter, Chris Wedge, Kenn Navarro, Marv Newland, Mike Johnson & Nick Park.

They created a 90 min feature out of shorts by branding it Spike & Mike’s Sick & Twisted or Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation the movie.

Spike & Mike have also appeared at the Cannes Film Festival, San Diego International Comic Convention, Annecy Animation Festival, KORN Tour, Stuttgart, AnimaMundi, Taiwan Animation Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Slamdance and etc.

Spike and Mike premiered works in the Classic Festival of Animation by Tim Burton (Vincent), John Lasseter of Pixar & Disney (First screened his student films Lady and the Lamp and Nightmare. Additional Pixar titles screened include Luxo Jr., Red’s Dream, Nick Nack, Tin Toy, Geri’s Game, For the Birds, The Adventures of Andre & Wally B.), Nick Park (A Close Shave, Wrong Trousers and A Grand Day Out), Will Vinton (Closed Mondays) David Fine and Allison Snowden (Bob’s Birthday), Bill Plympton (Nose Hair, Your Face) and many others. Spike and Mike produced the student films of Pixar’s Pete Docter (Monster’s Inc., Toy Story I & II) THey produced & premiered the first 3 films (Winter, Next Door & Palm Springs), and Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Monster’s Inc., Toy Story I & II and A Bug’s Life) They produced his 1st 2 films (A Story & Somewhere in the Arctic), we screened Brad Bird’s Family Dog, Frederic Back’s Crac, Chris Wedges (Ice Age) Bunny, Mike Johnson (Corpse Bride) The Devil went down to Georgia, Danny Antonucci (Ed, Ed & Eddie) Lupo The Butcher and Marv Newland’s Bambi Meets Godzilla.

The Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation is the birthplace of Beavis and Butthead (Mike Judge, creator of King of the Hill) - Spike and Mike also produced the first two Beavis and Butthead shorts long before the characters debuted on MTV. Spike and Mike also theatrically premiered Spirit of Christmas, the original uncensored South Park short by Matt Stone and Trey Parker and Mutilator by Eric Fogel (creator of MTV’s Celebrity Death match) as well as Whoop Ass Stew by Craig McCracken, the first short film featuring the Powerpuff Girls (No Neck Joe is a staple of the show) they also premiered Na Na & Lil puss from DNA studios the people responsible for Jimmy Neutron. Least we forget Breehn Burns & Jason Johnson’s Beyond Grandpa, Dr. Tran & Roybertito’s as well as Happy Tree Friends by Mondo Media.

The Sundance Film Festival, Cannes International Film Festival, Australia’s Flickerfest Short Film Festival, and the International Festival of Animation in Annecy, France, Slamdance and San Diego Comic-Con have hosted Spike and Mike shows over the past years. In the spring of 2000, Spike and Mike’s Sick & Twisted animations were featured on tour with the rock band KORN. Abrams Books have recently released an in- depth book on the history and evolution of Spike and Mike entitled “Outlaw Animation: Cutting-Edge Cartoons from the Spike and Mike Festivals” by Jerry Beck, now available in bookstores. Spike and Mike have teamed up with Shout Factory to release “Full Frontal” and “Unprotected”, two brand new DVD’s now available, featuring the very best ‘toons of the 2001, 2002 and 2003 festivals. Contagious (2006) is the newest edition to the Spike & Mike collection and Caught in the Act (2005) just came out a few months before. They are hoping to screen some new pieces from Weird Al next year and Fox International will be including Spike and Mike on their channel in the U.K.

Currently, Spike and Mike’s premieres a new Sick and Twisted show every summer at the San Diego Comic-Con.

This is the only event in New England in 2008.

New England Fan Experience
Paul Aldred
(781) 986-8735