Category Archives: animated

Double King (Felix Colgrave, 2017)

Double King is an absurd and surreal amination, but not without a narrative, which appears to be about a guy who loved attributes of power so much he literally devoured every competitor he ever met, even when he died and went to hell.

Very interesting animation style – not completely developed, but quite outstanding already. Other good qualities include incredibly rich imagination, flawless technique, and good sense of humor. All in all, it’s a powerful work; I have no doubts that future Colgrave’s films will be even better. For now you can enjoy his currently latest work here:

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Short Anthology: Kirsten Lepore

Kirsten Lepore is an animation artist of new generation. Here’s her YouTube channel, and here’s her IMDB page. This Short Anthology edition is dedicated to some of her works that for this reason or that do not exactly fall under the definition of cinema as I understand it. Names and figures

Move Mountain (Kirsten Lepore, 2013)

Move Mountain is another top-notch animation movie by Kirsten Lepore. Like most of her films, this one is without any dialogs (that seems to be a characteristic trait of her style, actually), which makes it not very easy to understand what the story is about – in fact, there may be different interpretations; my hypothesis is that it’s about the importance of the environment when it comes to hallucinations.

Ambiguous or not, the movie is a true work of art, – beautiful, truthful and deep. It was exceptionally delightful. Maybe you’ll like it too:

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Despicable Me 2 (Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud, 2013)

So, Despicable Me 2, obviously, is a continuation of the first part. Gru abandons evil and becomes a father and not very successful entrepreneur, but then he gets recruted by the special enforcement agency that specializes on global threats to help with a case. He partners up with a female agent, gradually become attracted to her, as she – to him; at some point, a she gets abducted by the villain, and Gru rescues her. And everybody lives happily ever after. Except for the villain, of course.

I’m retelling the story in such detail because it’s completely obvious from the very beginning (with a certain wiggle room, but nothing significant), and in lack of anything more or less original. It’s a 100% kiddy film with no edge whatsoever. The animation is cool, that’s undeniable, but there are plenty of other movies out there with animation not in the least inferior to this work; the sad truth is this quality is no longer a distinction, which is why the competition takes place on a totally differet field, and that field is the story, like with everybody else. And when it comes to the story here, it’s way too soft, way too warm, way too kind. That’s probably good for little children, but it weakens the grounds for this film to claim the status of art, pretty much destroys them altogether.

By and large, it’s a decent entertainment, – I guess. Frankly, it was pretty boring to me, because of all the predictability and all. But I suppose, there is an audience for cinema like this.

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The Neon Life (Roman Puchkov, 2001)

The Neon Life is an animated short inspired by Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles – in terms of story it is a melancholic epilogue to the human presence on Mars.

The animation is quite crude and not pretty at all (especially depictions of moving figures and building). On the other hand, its combination with the voiceover and other sounds does create the context and the atmosphere, so it kind of works, even though it’s far from perfect. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the author continued his career in cinema – there definitely was a potential, too bad it remained unfulfilled.

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Borba bobra s kozlom (Natalia Antipova, 2003)

This is a student’s work, and its title cannot really be translated into English, because it’s a wordplay. Basically, it’s facetious reference to the dualism of good and evil, specifically – to the struggle between these 2 poles, with one of them imagined as a beaver (dobro -> bobro[m] -> bober), and the other – as a goat (zlo -> kozlo[m] -> kozel).

As for the short itself, the animation is pretty great, as well as other components of the picture, such as the voiceover. Cosmogony described is a sort of a parody to those of ancient primitive religions, and as such is rather consistent. On the other hand, it’s not really enough to make this movie a significant one – all in all, it’s simply a joke, albeit a cute one. It is sad, though, that Antipova haven’t actually created anything large since then – it could’ve been interesting.

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Short Anthology (Odessa Edition)

Here’s some shortfilms, none of which is worthy of a separate posting. All of these came from a regional collection of FutureShorts (Odessa, Ukraine). There were 15 pieces overall, 11 of which are basically worthless:

Aero Bik
(2004 || Directed by: Dmitry Shijan || ~3m)

This is a pure video experiment created just for the fun of it. Reimagining of the self-massage guideline. Has no purpose and no meaning, has nothing to do with cinema.

Splinters of the Gypsum Spring / Oskolki gipsovoy vesny
(2005 || Directed and written by: Anastasiya Maleeva || Performed by: Evgeniy Godenko || ~10m)

A really long sequence of random shots with a light touch of sculpture (as a line of work). There are no characters, and if there is a meaning concealed somewhere, it’s hidden way too well.

Badabooms / Babakhi
(2005 || Directed by: Dmitry Shijan || ~1m)

A sequence of baloons being popped.

A Nice Shot / Udachniy kadr
(2003 || Directed by: Vadim Nazarenko, Valery Ryazanov || Written by: Vadim Nazarenko || Performed by: Vadim Nazarenko, E. Kurmoyartseva || ~4m)

An anecdote about a photographing session with a photographer and a model on the roof. At some point model falls down, and the photographer instead of calling for help makes another shot of her lying there. Not very realistic, not very well done; sepia looks arificial.

(2005 || Directed by: Dmitry Shijan || ~2m)

Probably the only Shijan short I’ve seen that is worth more than one sentence. It shows a TV-set demonstrating an unclear, interrupting image with recitation of a children’s poem written by Korney Chukovskiy. It is made in a frightening Lynch-like style, and, unlike other Shijan works, does produce an impression. But it’s still too short to constitute something significant.

(2006 || Directed by: Gleb Katchuk, Olga Kashimbekova || Performed by: DakhaBrakha || ~3m)

A pretty but pointless videoclip for the music of band called DakhaBrakha. I don’t really care for this music videoclips, but one thing for sure – it’s not cinema. (P.S.: I didn’t like the music either.)

(2007 || Directed by: Igor Morozov || ~2m)

An animation about a robot finding beauty in something other than a flower (or whatever). The motto (yes, there is a motto): Beauty is individual. The animation is okay, although the robot looks stupid. The conceptualization is unnecessary. Overall – not that good.

Monks / Monakhi
(2006 || Directed by: Dmitry Shijan || <1m)

A sequence of people fighting each other with kung fu or whatever.

Redemption / Iskuplenie
(2006 || Directed by: Evgeniy Timokhin || Performed by: Flёur || ~3m)

Another music clip. Although, I do like the band (Flёur), it’s still just a clip – it doesn’t matter.

Chain Tape of Happiness / Kasseta schastiya
(2001 || Directed by: Gleb Katchuk, Olga Kashimbekova || ~4m)

For this video I wish the authors would burn in hell (if there is one). I get that it’s sort of a parody on various chain tapes that were popular at some point (they have almost vanished by now), but from where I’m sittiing, the difference is barely visible. It’s awful, so fuck you, Katchuk & Kashimbekova, fuck off and die.

(2006 || Directed by: Dmitry Shijan || <1m)

A sequence of news reporters saying the word of greeting – Zdravstvuyte, many times in a row. Just as meaningless as the rest of Shijan’s works.

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®shoomow, 2017

Short Anthology (RESFest Edition)

Here’s some shortfilms, none of which is worthy of a separate posting. All of these came from the anthology of the RESFest participants. Almost all of them are just a meaningless sequence of visual images and sounds.

(1997 || Directed and written by: Rodney Ascher || IMDB || ~1m)

Apparently, a video sequence meant to accompany some music.

Tongues and Taxis
(2000 || Directed and written by: Michael Overbeck || Performed by:  Jesse Schmal, Michael Overbeck, Aaron Zigman || IMDB || ~8m)

An absurd cartoon about the guy whose tongue mutated into a giant monster. May be valueable if you need to evaluate Overbeck’s amination skills, but on itself has no point and no actual reason to be.

Modern Life
(1999 || Directed and written by: Dean Mermell || Performed by: Edie Maples, Fred Adler || IMDB || ~7m)

A silent film stylization meant to convey a message that modern people are only free in their dreams (when sleeping). It’s not just a questionable concept and primitive implementation, it’s also the fact that we don’t need to watch whole 7 minutes to get that brilliant idea, 1 minute would’ve been more than enough.

Pasta for War
(2000 || Directed and written by: Zach Schlappi || Performed by: Robert Prosky, Aaron McMasters, M. McGuffin || IMDB || ~3m)

A pacifist animation which essense is coded in the title. Has no independent value, neither when it comes to the meaning, nor with the toolkit used.

(2000 || Directed by: Mike Mills || Performed by: Deanna Templeton, Ed Templeton || IMDB || ~17m)

This is a very long streak of pointless shots with certain themes sometimes surfacing here and there (like the guy painting the girl in different positions). It doesn’t develop into a story of any sort, meaning the instruments used by the author were not enough to create the context. As a result, it’s extremely boring.

Snack and Drink
(2000 || Directed by: Bob Sabiston || Performed by: Ryan Power || IMDB || ~4)

This piece is built on the same technique as, for example, A Scanner Darkly, a 2006 movie by Linklater (real footage is post-processed to look like animation and enhanced with some true animation), but unlike it has no story, because people blabbering with each other during their journey to the nearest fastfood is not a fucking story.

A Portrait of Harry
(2000 || Directed by: Thomas Trail || IMDB || ~2m)

Harry is the elderly guy who plays banjo. That’s the whole essense of the film, there’s nothing more to it. Frankly, I have no idea why people would waste time creating such bullshit, unless it’s sort of educational process landmarks, but in that case they definitely should not be linen in public like this.

(2000 || Directed and written by: Koji Yamamoto || IMDB || ~2m)

Two gingerbread rabbits are fighting each other using katanas. The title is supposed to mean something, but no meaning emerges from what is shown.

Cirkus (+The Making Of)
(2000 || Directed by: Herman Weeb || Written by: Dominique Thibodeau, Herman Weeb || IMDB || ~5m + ~8m)

This film is a heavily processed video sequence involving a roundabout and a girl in a mask, all in the effort to convey the message of circus, whatever it may mean. Completely unclear without a libretto. Also, nothing is happening here. Interestingly enough, video clip about the making of the Cirkus is more interesting (and pretty) than the actual film; and still, notwithstanding all the author’s explanations about how and why, the purpose of making this whole thing remains obscure. Another failed attempt to pass empty mystique for deep meaning.

(1999 || Directed and written by: James Kenney || IMDB || ~8m)

This one here is a symbolic representation of human interaction with the outside world. Or, at least, I think that’s what this is: the form consists of philosophycal reasoning accompanied by a sequence of video shots with fetuses yet unborn, and some of people’s names equalled to their immediate meaning in English language, so it’s kind of hard to make sense of it. Personally, I consider it bullshit.

Golden Shoes
(2000 || Directed and written by: Dame Darcy, Adam Gravois || IMDB || ~3m)

This is an animated story about who knows what. The animation is awful, the story in unintelligible.

Vision Point
(2000 || Directed and written by: Stephen X. Arthur || IMDB || ~2m)

This one is an excersise in editing and special effects. No clear message, no characters, no nothing.

(~2000 || Directed by: Dave Schroeder (?) || ~6m)

This one here is a puppet movie that looks a lot like a scene from a Rambo movie, only with action figures instead of real actors. Maybe it was conceived as a parody, but even so it’s not interesting at all. Looks pretty lousy, too.

(~2000 || Directed by: Stefen Nadelman (?) || ~3m)

This is an animated music video clip. The animation is not bad, it’s quite interesting, actually, but still – there’s no cinema in there.

The mix that I saw also includes some untitled video sequence about driving somewhere and thinking about stuff. No idea, what’s that about.

Generally speaking, it seems like the organizers of RESFest really tried to concentrate all the bullshit in one place; if that was the purpose, it can be called a success. But I, for one thing, am glad that RESFest is no more. The world does not need it.

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Luz (Javier Martínez, 2000)

Luz is a short animated story about a little girl counting her steps. It was a participant of one of the RESFests, but unlike most of its competitors, it has some sort of internal structure (or, at least, a resemblance of it) and a definitive hero. It’s nowhere near perfect, but it does create the context through whatever textual means it uses; also, the presence of a character, as well as the sequence of events happening to that character, is already enough to consistute a work of cinema. Two things combined together make it somewheat curious. The animantion sucks, though,  so don’t get your hopes high. All in all, the film shows a promise, but it’s far from being fulfilled.

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Short Anthology (VGIK Edition)

Here’s some shortfilms that became prize-winners of one of the VGIK* film festivals, but are actually not worthy enough to have separate postings about:

* VGIK – Russian State Institute of Cinematography

In the Experiment / V eksperimente
(~2005 || Directed by: Elena Solodkova || 10:20)

A sort of commentary on the current of affairs with Chernobyl catastrophy site – current at that time state, of course, which is 2005. All in all seems futile and pointless – that is, if take it for an independent work of cinema. In reality, though, it’s rather a learning film, a student’s work, and as such it works rather fine. But this has nothing to do with art.

Mooning Big-Ears / Lunatye ushastiki
(2005 || Directed by: Elena Borisova || 3:06)

An animated adaptation of some children’s poem. The animation is not so bad, and theoretically something really cool could’ve been created with the use of it, but this short piece is not that. It’s more like a embryo – really small and full of potential, but far from being anything significant.

(~2005 || Written and directed by: Anton Koskov || Performed by: Anna Churina, Arseniy Kovalskiy || IMDB || 15:02)

Graffiti is a shell of a film, a jacket with no filling whatsoever. The picture is pretty, the sound is really nicely done, but there is absolutely nothing going on, there is no story: the guys just wanders around, does some random stuff, and talks a little bit to a girl in the end. Specifically, the problem here is that the director does not give enough material for the context to arise, and there’s very little text as well, – he tried to be subtle, but badly overdid it. It’s an incurable, systemic disease, nothing can be done.

(2005 || Directed by: Alexandra Khlyostkina || 4:32)

This one is a photo clip with elements of amination for a spanish song about Lenin. It’s pretty cute and sometimes funny, but the funniest thing about it is that it was awarded a diploma for her decent contribution into Leniniana, which is a collective title to a vast number of books, films, songs, etc. about Lenin, – once before it was taken seriously, but thankfully those times have passed. Although I can’t say that the author mocked at that infamous historic characters – it’s rather she used him as material without actually taking a specific stand on him. But the jury might have thought otherwise.

Anyway. So, like I said, it’s a cute thingie, but hardly more that that. Good example of an educational work of a promising but not yet mature mind.

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Short Anthology (Japanese Edition)

Here’s some shortfilms, none of which is worthy of a separate posting:

Mariko Takahashi’s Fitness Video for Being Appraised as an “Ex-fat Girl”
(2004 || Directed and written by: Nagi Noda || Performed by: Mariko Takahashi || Wiki || 3:19)

A parody on the fitness videos (and, specifically, some widely known one) with muscles deformed in the result of training as a token of future beauty, and poodles exercising as people. Nothing really interesting, slightly amusing.

Salaryman 6
(2002 || Directed by: Jake Knight || Written by: Jake Knight, Ryoko Tanaka || Performed by: unknown || IMDB || 17:02)

An office worker gets so submerged in his everyday routine that one day he realizes that he doesn’t remember what he was doing yesterday. To solve this problem he starst wearing a smartphone on his neck automatically enabled to take photos from time to time. He finds out that he was hit in the head with a book. (I think).

It’s not very clear what is this all about. Corrupting office routine? Japanese working culture and its negative consequenses? One thing for sure – if it is a story, it’s an incomplete one, or better say, merely a general idea of a story, with no actual essense.

(2002 || Directed by: Toshiro Sonoda || Written by: Toshiro Sonoda, Kyotaro Matsuda || Performed by: Reina Asami, Keisyu || 11:18)

A self-licensed (i.e. illegal) cab driver picks up yet another customer – a girl bearing a bag with something alive and moving inside. When arrived, she leaves the bag in the car, and the curious driver can’t help himself but look into it.

There is a semblance of a story here, but with a closer look, it is obvious that it’s just an anecdote – a number of action and events connected with each other enough to be a sequence, but not nearly enough to constitute a developing conflict. So the guy was taken by some mysterius monster from another dimension, so the girl used it to get his car, – and then what? Who is the girl, and what is her relation to the monster? There is not even a hint of an answer, – so, there is no actual story. And because of it it doesn’t matter how nice was the acting or the camera movement.

Usavich (ep. 1)
(2006 || Directed and written by: Satoshi Tomioka || IMDB || 1:40)

First episode from, apparently, a series about 2 rabbits in Gulag. The animation has nothing to do with anime, and that’s probably the most curious thing about it.

(2006 || Directed by: Isamu Hirabayashi || Written by: Isamu Hirabayashi, Ken Funaki || Website || 8:36)

A really long and boring ad about the necessity of wearing a helmet when biking. Pretty weird one, too, but that’s already a common place with Japanese ads.

The Drum Machine
(2003 || Authored by: tokyoplastic ||  Website || 1:36)

Not a film, just an animation designed for a music melody or something. Nothing particularly interesting.

Watermelon Love
(2007 || Directed and written by: Joji Koyama ||  3:06)

Hard to make sense of it, but in the aftermath looks a lot like an ad for those famous Japanese cubic watermelons. Animated, and, as always, weird. But pretty cute.

Snow Soldiers
(2006 || Directed and written by: Geoffrey Howell, Natasha Isaacs ||  3:45)

A really short documentary, or semi-documentary, of fake documentary, about the Japanese army, which soldiers are creating ice sculptures and the sort instead of creating war and destruction – all thanks to the consitutional limitations that are about to become history. The picture is too dark, the voiceover is too unemotional. All in all, curious, but not that interesting.

(Directed and written by: Satoshi Tomioka ||  1:45)

A senseless piece of animation; can be used only as a sort of portfolio, a demonstration of the director’s computer effects skills.

Coinlaundry XYZ
(Directed and written by: Satoshi Tomioka || IMDB || 8:02)

Same thing as Exit above, but much, much longer. I can’t produce a single thought about the works of Tomioka, I don’t understand why anybody would need them. They may be even good – in their own way, – but I don’t seen a single reason for them to exist.

(Directed and written by: Jordan Feldman || Performed by: Fabio Zenoni, Zoé Félix, Roberto B., Jacques Houssaye, Fanchon Brasseur-Bilbille ||  IMDB || 5:15)

A cute little film about a pretty girl walking into a noodles diner and attracting everone’s attantion to herself, including that of the main hero. The film ends with a slightest touch they share when she sits next to him to eat – it’s actually way too subtle, and gives no sensation of closure,  –  it feels more like a sudden stop at the middle of the sentence. A hint  at the story is not a story – there’s just not enough material.  If only Feldman though of a clearer exit; but like this it’s too soft to be cinema.

Also in this issue: some unnamed animation about stuffed bear going back to nature. Just as pointless as the most of them.


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Mount Head / Atama-yama (Koji Yamamura, 2002)

Atama-yama is a pretty wild animation film about this guy who got a tree growing from his head, and, eventually, a whole culture developed under that tree.

The story is a fairy-tale one, seems to be Japanese native, at that I have definitely seen something similar in the soviet animation heritage – and it was equally difficult and unfun. Although, consistency is an integral characteristic of this work, and the animation is very professionally made, I cannot imagine a person who would willingly watch this film or others like it – it’s just too much work for an entertainment, and not enough meaning for a serious product.

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Road to the Stars / Doroga k zvezdam (Pavel Klushantsev, 1957)

Doroga k zvezdam is a semi-educational, semi-fictional look at the process of exploration of outer space by humanity, with notes of a soviet standpoint on the matter. It was made few years before the first man actually walked out into space, which makes some of its prognoses all the more impressive.

It is roughly divided into 2 halfs, first of which is dedicated to the origins of the space development, including bits of Tsiolkovskiy’s biography and explanation of his ideas and calculations. This was pretty interesting to me, because I haven’t really reflected much on how rockets work, for example, or the conditions that make travelling into space possible, – that kind of stuff is elucidated here in a simple yet comprehensive way, and can be used as a sort of educational program, even though the science, as well as the engineering, made significant progress since then.

The second part is about the future; the authors look into what lies ahead before the humanity in the nearest decades (and these predictions seem to be outstandingly exact), and even try to reach probable further stages, but this part may be the least interesting, because these forecasts didn’t actually came true, not all of them anyway, so they basically look more like a Jules Verne’s fantasies rather than scietific prognoses.

The animation is mostly illustrative. Special effects look pretty great, especially considering when the film was made. Ideology is almost absent, and those pieces that still made their way into the narrative, are easy to ignore. All in all, it’s an extremely interesting film with great potential to inspire future outer space explorers.

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Short Anthology

Here’s some shortfilms, none of which is worthy of a separate posting:

Meshes of the Afternoon
(1943 || Directed and performed by: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid || Written by:  Maya Deren || IMDB || 14:32)

This one is apparently deemed an important landmark for the surrealistic cinema or something – by the critics, that is, who repeatedly included this film into some ratings. I personally don’t find anything attractive here. It is a silent piece, and there’s very little of them titles, so it’s kind of hard to understand what’s going on without some kind of libretto; and to top it all, there’s surrealism all over the place, meaning the story (if there is one) is not very easy to comprehend in the first place. From where I standing this looks like a jumble of more or less random scenes rather than a story, and I really can’t take it seriously.

(2005 || Directed, written and performed by: Nash Edgerton || IMDB || 04:47)

Edgerton’s pieces are always bright ones, yet they rarely have any substance below the surface. Lucky would be a perfect example here: what we see is a situation and some person reacting to that situation, but we don’t have anything beyond that, whether these are preconditions, the events leading to the current state, or the consequences effecting anybody other that the hero. It’s a bottled situation without any development whatsoever, and yes – it’s a vivid one and grim, I’ll give him that, but in order to be considered cinema that’s not enough.

Tales of Mere Existence
(2002 || Directed and written by: Lev Yilmaz || IMDB || 07:38)

This is a micro-anthology of short aminated films; it includes 5 pieces overall: Procrastination, Good Looking, Balance, Subtext and The Times I Have Smoked Pot. All these films constitute rather basic observations about life and stuff, and as such they are cute and amusing, – but hardly more than that. The amination is minimalistic, or in this case better say primitive, – but once again it touches with frankness and simplicity. However, I don’t see this thing as a story; moreover, I don’t see how the technique employed might grow into anything bigger than just self-entertainment.

Quietsch [Squeal]
(2005|| Directed and written by: Baran bo Odar || IMDB || 07:15)

Here’s another experiment, – also with no story whatsoever; it’s built on some general, ambiguous conception of connectedness of everything in the world. Maybe not everything, but certain things by categories… Well, all in all the idea is not original; the implementation is really pretty and well thought-out, but the lack of purpose, and, while we’re at it, uncertainty when it comes to applying this form onto something else, say, a story, – that’s a deal breaker. I don’t care much about the fact that the director tends to perceive the world in a mystical way, but when all he has to say about stuff is some radiant babbling, I’m not interested.

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The Wraith of Cobble Hill (Adam Parrish King, 2006)

The story is nice and subtle, I liked it a lot. But the animation leaves much to be desired, especially when it comes to the anatomy and animal movements. However, notwithstanding technical inaptitude, the film is still interesting to watch, meaning that good story definitely beats flawed implementation, – if the flaws are frugal enough.

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Jojo in the Stars (Marc Craste, 2003)

Jojo in the Stars is an animated short film exploiting a rather archetypical plot of attraction between 2 opposites and unfair circumstances that are preventing them to flow together in ecstasy. Not very original, of course, but it is the case when implementation matters more than the idea. The story construction is rather subtle, and the main characters are cute (although many of them look very much like the Android mascot). The dialogs are quite minimalistic, as well as the animation, which in addition is also very stylish. All these things combined make for a pretty enjoyable experiense, even though not very lasting one. Made me hope I would see Marc Craste’s full-length feature some day.

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City Paradise (Gaëlle Denis, 2004)

I didn’t quite get what was this about, but it was fun. A phantasmagoria of sorts, very vivid and optimistic – at least, it feels that way. Animation style is a little weird, but in a good way, the one that makes it fresh and original. It’s subtle, too, and implemented on a good professional level. On the other hand, I don’t see it growing into anything more than a short film. I would like to find out how the director developed through these years: as far as I know, she only did several more novellas, but maybe there’s progress there.

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Vincent (Tim Burton, 1982)

Vincent is one of the Tim Burton’s early short films; it was created not long before the director’s full-length debute. As stated, it tells a story of a little boy who wants to be like Vincent Price, an actor know for his work in the genre of horror and macabre; – charmingly enough, it was narrated by Price himself. The story is pretty cute. The animation is not as elegant as some of the Burton’s later works, but quite good nontheless. Generally speaking – it’s nice.

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La révolution des crabes (Arthur de Pins, 2004)

La révolution des crabes is a cute little cartoon about crabs’ inability to turn. The story is kinda bizarre, – in a good way. The amination is simple, but expressive. All in all, it’s more like a philosophical parabel rather than an entertainment piece.

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Inside Out (Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen, 2015)

Inside Out is an attempt to comprehend how senses emotions work in the human brain, and to set forth an interpretation of those processes in a form that would make it easy for anybody to understand. Of course, it is an animation film, meaning its primary purpose is entertainment, so there are no technicalities, no chemistry or anything like that; instead, there are interactions between conditional macro-entities, the most important of whom are Joy and Sadness. The events of the movie depict the most elusive transition from childhood into adolesence, and does it from quite an unexpected point of view.

The story is just as smart and captivating as the vast majority of the studio Pixar works; it’s yet another proof that it’s not Disney who’s changing Pixar, but the other way around. The animation is amazing, but that’s about par to the course. The film all in all is expectedly wonderful.

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I Met the Walrus (Josh Raskin, 2007)

Not a film. Doesn’t have a story. Doesn’t stir up any emotional feedback. It’s merely an excercise in animation, which, by the way, looks pretty great, but the subject of the exposition seems… unnecessary.

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Brave (Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell, 2012)

Plain and downright fairy-tale with no claims to seem otherwise whatsoever. Very funny, light and beautiful. Can be enjoyed by both children and adults. Irish accent is absolutely adorable, although sometimes hard to understand. All in all it’s very pleasant experience.

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//5+// —— //Пора приключений ~ Adventure Time// —— //Сезон 1-4//

   Adventure time – c’mon, grab your friends, we’re going to the distant lands. With Jake the Dog and Finn the Human fun will never end – ADVENTURE TIME!

Этот простенький стишок, сочиненный и исполненный создетелем сериала Пендлтоном Уардом, очень привязчив. Он легко всплывает в памяти, и раз всплыв – долго бултыхается в ней, к месту и не к месту выпадая на язык. Впрочем, он очень легкий, в сотни раз легче какой-нибудь ваенги или михайлова, и сознание почти не обременяет. Тем не менее, даже такая навязчивость не особенно приятна, и вот чтобы от песенки избавиться я и пишу этот пост.

Сказать, что я был покорен этим прекрасным мультиком с первой же пилотной серии (в которой большинство актеров озвучания совсем-совсем другие) – это значит сказать чистую правду. А я хоть и предпочитаю говорить правду в любом случае, удовольствие от этого получаю только если она, правда то есть, приятная. Даже не знаю, что нравится мне больше – буйство фантазии? доброта? драматургическая истинность? роскошные персонажи? гениальные диалоги? прекрасная дружба между главными героями, о которой мне, земному человеку, приходится только мечтать? Конечно же нет, – больше всего мне нравится изумительное сочетание всего вышеперечисленного, этот вкуснейший суп от непревзойденного шеф-повара по имени Пендлтон Уард.

А еще мне нравится принцесса Баблгам (язык не поворачивается называть ее тем жутким словом, которым она переводится на русский язык) – которая теперь делит в моем сознании один пьедестал напополам с небезызвестной Гаечкой. И бесконечная собака Джейк. И единственный во всем этом диком многообразии человек – Финн, истинный герой. И то, что зло всегда наказывается, но никогда не уничтожается до конца. А еще – что в этом мире неограниченной фантазии все-равно есть законы, по которым все существует, кроме собственно фантазии, которая существует снаружи. И теплая, искренняя любовь, с которой сценаристы относятся ко всем без исключения своим персонажам и миру в целом. И юмор, которым проникнуто все.

Один из немногих мультсериалов, которые можно порекомендовать всем без исключения.

Имена и цифры

Мех ТВ (Мохнатики) | Fur TV | Сезон 1

Мех ТВ (Мохнатики) | Fur TV, MTV EuropeINFO

Создатель: Крис Уэйтт \ Chris Waitt и Генри Троттер \ Henry Trotter

Режиссеры: Крис Уэйтт \ Chris Waitt, Саймон Эллис \ Simon Ellis, Генри Троттер \ Henry Trotter

Сценаристы: Генри Троттер \ Henry Trotter, Крис Уэйтт \ Chris Waitt, Джейсон Хейзли \ Jason Hazeley, Джоэль Моррис \ Joel Morris, Джим Филд Смит \ Jim Field Smith, Руфус Джонс \ Rufus Jones, Джим Норт \ Jim North

Операторы: Осси МакЛин \ Ossie McLean

Актеры: Саймон Гринолл \ Simon Greenall, Фил Никол \ Phil Nichol, Генри Троттер \ Henry Trotter

Год: 2008

   Нет слов. Только куклы. Жестчайшее, бескомпромиссное телешоу с участием кукол, сделанное, я так понял, в пику (и как пародия на) всемирноизвестное паппет-шоу “Улица Сезам”. Гениальная штуковина, должен сказать. Конечно, мне не очень нравятся фекальные темы, часто и бурно описываемые в сериале, но коричневая нота – это просто блеск, так что я в целом склонен эту зацикленность прощать. Слишком уж хорошо все прочее. Снимали еще второй сезон (который почему-то именуют полуторным), но найти мне его пока не удалось. В сети нигде нет. А жаль, было бы крайне любопытно.


Осьминоги | Squidbillies | Сезон 4

Осьминоги | Squidbillies | Сезон 4, Adult SwimINFO

Создатели: Джим Фортье \ Jim Fortier и Дэйв Уиллис \ Dave Willis

Режиссеры: Джим Фортье \ Jim Fortier, Дэйв Уиллис \ Dave Willis

Сценаристы: Джим Фортье \ Jim Fortier

Актеры: Анноун Хинсон \ Unknown Hinson, Дэниел МакДевитт \ Daniel McDevitt, Дана Снайдер \ Dana Snyder, Патриция Френч \ Patricia French, Бобби Эллерби \ Bobby Ellerbee, Тодд Хэнсон \ Todd Hanson, Скотт Хилли \ Scott Hilley, Чарлз Напьер \ Charles Napier, Дэйв Уиллис \ Dave Willis

Год: 2006

   Да, в общем, все то же самое. Есть сильные эпизоды, есть послабее. Но что-то мне осьминоги поднадоели. Я, пожалуй, сделаю перерыв с ними.


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