It’s 10:46 am and sunny and fairly warm as Hollywood Elsewhere approaches the Arlington theatre, where Roger Durling’s animation panel will begin at 11 am. As I near the entrance area a young festival volunteer (female, Zoomer) smiles and says with a thin, reedy voice …

Zoomer Volunteer: “Auhyoohereguhfuhanimationevahnt?”

HE: (leaning forward): “Sorry?”

Zoomer volunteer: “Auhyoohereguhfuhanimationevahnt?”

HE (half-smiling): “Uhm, you’re asking me…?”

Zoomer Volunteer (trying to speak coherently, forcing herself to slow down): “Are you here for the animation event?”

HE (hugely relieved): “Yes, I am.”