With a line up boasting everything from Fritz the Cat to Pixar’s Inside Out, animation is yet again a major part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, which opens today.

As well as a wealth of shorts covering a wide range of media and techniques, the Animation strand plays host to not one, but two animation legends.

This year's Master of Animation is Barry Purves, whose stunning short films include the Shakespeare star-vehicle Next, Kabuki-inspired melodrama Screen Play, and stop-motion biographies of Gilbert & Sullivan and Tchaikovsky.

Purves will present a retrospective selection of his work as part of his in-person appearance on 25th June.

The festival also plays host to a retrospective of feature films by Ralph Bashki, including The Lord of Rings, Wizards, and Fritz the Cat. After the latter screening on 26 June, Ralph Bakshi himself will be beaming in to the Filmhouse 2 cinema via Skype for a Q&A.

Meanwhile the Animation Lab is hosting Adam Elliot, Oscar-winning director of Mary and Max and fellow Oscar recipient, producer Claire Jennings

The full programme is online and available to book here, but we thought we'd get a personal guide to animation at the festival from the man responsible, Animation Strand programmer Iain Gardner.

Image: Stills from Crow by Yoav Segal 

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