Forget the blockbuster live-action G.I. Joe movie coming out this summer. Its sure to ruin your childhood memories and leave you wishing youd stuck with something more true to the source material something like Gio Toninelos G.I. Joe Fest, a celebration of stop-motion animated films created with real G.I. Joe action figures. The festival is a showcase of both the toys and the awesome creativity that springs from the mind of people who refuse to give up their cherished childhood memories. The films are often funny, frequently bizarre and almost unfailingly interesting. Youll see re-creations of famous movies, including a variety of takes on an iconic Indiana Jones scene and a loving homage to John Carpenters The Thing. One film tackles the absurdity of the War on Drugs, another sets up a Cobra vs. G.I. Joe dance-off, and one of the strangest of all is a fractured fairy tale of obsession and suicide. The program is identical to last years fest its a reprise to kick off the festivals inaugural tour of L.A., Seattle and Portland, among other cities but Toninelo promises a preview of an upcoming feature-length animated film for returning fans.
Catch the action tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Ubisububi Room, in the basement of the Thin Man Tavern, 2015 East 17th Avenue. Tickets, $8, are available at St. Marks Coffeehouse, and seating is extremely limited. For more information, visit www.gijoefest.com or call 303-322-8384.
Sat., Feb. 28, 7:30-9:30 p.m., 2009