Telluride Film Festival hosts 'Sunday at the Palm' Halloween Party

Telluride Film Festival hosts 'Sunday at the Palm' Halloween Party



Above is the trailer for Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit, 2005, 85 min. Rated G. The film will be presented by the Telluride Film Festival for the annual Sunday at the Palm Halloween Party, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m., an event for the whole family.

Wallace and Gromit, the Academy Award-winning claymation characters from the U.K., are probably the most lovable, cute things you can imagine—except kids wearing Halloween costumes. And this Sunday at the Palm, you can see both.

The Telluride Film Festival is hosting its annual Sunday at the Palm Halloween Party this weekend at 4 p.m., the perfect time for kids to give their costumes a test drive and for the whole family to check out what Roger Ebert dubbed the "two most delightful characters in the history of animation."

TIO caught up with Telluride Film Festival's Erika Gordon to find out more about the party.

TIO: What makes the Were-Rabbit a good pre-Halloween, October movie? 

EG: The directors, Steve Box and Nick Park, have often referred to their Academy Award-winning film (Best Animated Feature) as the world's "first vegetarian horror film"… it should be a "hare" raising experience for all Halloween lovers!

TIO: Do Telluride audiences like animated films?
EG: Yes, animated films are very popular with Telluride audiences.  Especially shows like this that have wide generational appeal – there are many levels of humor, etc. to the film—something for everyone.  
TIO: The Halloween show generally has some extra surprises. What can families expect at this show? 
EG: This will be an opportunity for kids to wear their Halloween costumes – it's always fun to see everyone dressed up. And, we'll be handing out treats to everyone after the film.
TIO: What kinds of curriculum ideas did you provide for teachers who might be incorporating this Sunday at the Palm program into their classrooms?
EG: Here are a few of the questions that I sent to teachers:

  1. The character Wallace is an inventor. Have students write about (or draw) their own invention.  What does it look like?  What is its function?  Why does the world need this?  What makes your invention unique?  Who would use your invention?
  2. Pumpkin math:  Pumpkins play a large role during this time of year as well as in the film.  Bring three different sized pumpkins into the classroom. Have students guess their weights, then weigh the pumpkins.  Measure the height and circumference of the pumpkins—how do those measurements compare to the weight?  Count the ribs on the pumpkins—how does their number compare to its size?  Have students guess the number of seeds in each pumpkin.  Does this number relate to size, too?
  3. The mythical werewolf is parodied in the film (were-rabbit). Have students create their own mythical creatures with other animals and have them draw and/or write about them. What makes these creatures appear—full moon? High tide? Dawn? Rainstorms? What time of year do they appear?  Halloween? Spring? On the shortest day of the year? What characteristics does their creature have? Fur? Fangs? Wings? Wheels on their feet? Be creative!
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