If youve got a sick sense of humor and dig cartoons, Spike & Mikes Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation is your Sundance. Imagine everything parents never want a kid to see, and youll get a good idea of the festivals offerings. Since its inception in 1990, each incarnation of the traveling series has provided up-and-coming animators with the opportunity to reach widely scattered audiences with their work. Some of the shorts are tasteless, violent or disgusting many are a magical combination of all three. Take, for instance, Matt Lees Flock Off(one mans violent, excrement-laden interaction with a bird), and Mike Geigers gag-inducing Cuddle Sticks (a mom feeds her kids popsicles made from frozen tampons hey, we told you this was twisted). Dont miss out on this celebration of all things inappropriate, which helped spawn this generations first truly twisted cartoon Mike Judges Beavis and Butt-head but do leave your kid brother at home. Through March 19. Alamo Drafthouse, 1000 West Oaks Mall. $8.50.
March 13-19, 2009