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The biennial Annecy Animation Film Festival offers the definitive overview of films whose stars are drawn, computer generated, sculpted from clay, created with stop-motion photography, or—in one case—made entirely of colored sand. Offering highlights from the latest fest, this three-part Smithsonian Associates series is the place to discover the new Nick Park. Tonight’s program concentrates on British animators and includes Barry Purves’ puppet animation and Run Wrake’s inventive Music for Babies; the subsequent programs showcase animators from around the globe. The Smithsonian cautions that these films are dark, sophisticated, and intended for adults. At 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Cineplex Odeon Foundry Theater, M St. at Thomas Jefferson St. NW. $11. For reservations call (202) 357-3030. (Mark Jenkins)