Staff Report

“Animated Nights” is the theme of this year’s free summer film series sponsored by UCSB Arts & Lectures and the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture.

The series runs July 6 through Aug. 24, with outdoor showings on Friday evenings at 8:30 p.m. at the Courthouse Sunken Garden and indoor screenings at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in UCSB Campbell Hall.

The series includes critically acclaimed and beloved animated movies, ranging from Academy Award-winning favorites to newly discovered gems.

The eight animated films to be shown are the “19th Animation Show of Shows,” “The Triplets of Belleville,” “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Ratatouille,” “The Iron Giant,” “Persepolis,” and “Loving Vincent.”

For courthouse screenings, patrons are invited to bring blankets or low-backed beach chairs (seats must be no more than six inches above the ground) and picnic dinners.

The schedule of films is:

19th Animation Show of Shows; July 6 at the courthouse.

The “Animation Show of Shows” selects the best in animated short films from the world’s most renowned animation festivals.

The Triplets of Belleville; July 11 at UCSB, July 13 at the courthouse.

The film is a wildly inventive and highly original animated feature crowded with colorful characters and fantastic imagery.

Wallace and Gromit; July 18 at UCSB, July 20 at the courthouse.

The duo’s latest business venture – a pest-control outfit called Anti-Pesto – is booming when Wallace and Gromit are hired to stop a giant rabbit from destroying the town’s crops.

Fantastic Mr. Fox; July 25 at UCSB, July 27 at the courthouse

Wes Anderson’s urbane Mr. Fox cannot resist returning to his sneaky, farm-raiding old ways and plots the greatest chicken heist the animal world has ever seen.

Ratatouille; Aug. 1 at UCSB

A rat named Remy (Patton Oswalt) dreams of becoming a renowned French chef who can create and enjoy culinary masterpieces to his heart’s delight.

The Iron Giant; Aug. 8 at UCSB, Aug. 10 at the courthouse

An inquisitive young boy named Hogarth Hughes forms a powerful friendship with a gentle robot visitor from outer space.

Persepolis; Aug. 15 at UCSB, Aug. 17 at the courthouse

Based on Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel about her life in pre and post-revolutionary Iran and then in Europe, the French-Iranian animated film traces Satrapi’s growth from a precocious and outspoken 9-year-old to a rebellious, punk-loving teenager in Iran.

Loving Vincent; Aug. 22 at UCSB, Aug. 24 at the courthouse

The world’s first fully oil-painted feature film, this biopic examines the life and controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh, told by his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them.

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