Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Psychedelic Animation Show

Mind bending claymation from one of the greats, i.e. Bruce Bickford.

Bickford's Coup de grace.  

Check out Bickford's "Monster Road" for some insight into the mind of master.

This is not only one of the best animated movies I have ever seen, it is one of the best films.  It is an allegorical tale about a band of human like creatures who inhabit a foreign world dominated by telekinetic giants who have relegated the human like species to occupy only the roles of servile domestic pets and valueless pests.  It utilizes some of the most aesthetically pleasing animation I have ever seen.  It appears as if the animators used brilliant color pencil illustrations to color the world and were only able to move one entity on the screen at a time, giving the film a stilted, puppet like appearance.  In additions to it's striking artwork it has one of the all time best soundtracks, an absolutely funked out psychedelic opera that I believe bests Jean-Claude Vanier's own psychedelic opera.  In a perfect world this would be required viewing for every middle school student.  Amazingly, you can watch the entire film on youtube with striking clarity.  If you don't want to watch the entire film after watching the first installment, I would be shocked.

This is Christy Caracas premier film.  Shot as a student film at RISD it is a clear indicator of great things to come.  This short depicts a cat dressed up as a Mexican bandito being hacked to death by an elephant and a pair of robots ride a unicorn into the heavens while god destroys the earth...Holy shit.

Amazing show about a psychedelic superjail run by none other than David Wain of Stella fame.  It's got trannies, drugs, and criminals, a true trifecta of entertainment.

This one is a real gem.  It opens with Johnny Russell's "Rednecks, White Socks, and Blue Ribbon Beer," a song that more or less captures the essence of the short.  The animation is basically a highlight reel of everything that my adolescent spirit romanticizes about America: shitty domestic brew, dive bars, sweet shitkickers, country music, punk, gutter motorcyclist, and brawling.  It really has it all, amazing fashion (check out the cut off leather jackets, red pants clad greaser, drunk cowboy with the mustache and pulled down hair, righteous soul brother with the afro, I mean fuck, everyone is styling), bitchin music, and an animation style who's complexity rivals a Where's Waldo Book.  It's a fucking psychedelic cartoon about a dive bar for shitkickers and wastoids... with brawling.  Love it.

1 comment:

karl said...

dl frank zappa's baby snakes, it too can and will blow minds