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A Colour Box (1935)

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Animated shapes dance to Cuban music. This was one of the first animations to be painted directly onto the film.

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Animated shapes dance to Cuban music. This was one of the first animations to be painted directly onto the film.

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A Cradle of Direct Animation
3 July 2007 | by (asteroid B-612) – See all my reviews

Direct Animation (further referred as DA) is by far the most eccentric of all the animation techniques & undoubtedly the rarest. The very concept of it is so absurd that it still remains a puzzle to me how these monsters of DA like Norman McLaren, Stanley Brakhage & Caroline Leaf were able to make it work. But it all was later, until then there was Len Lye & his groundbreaking COLOR BOX. Any DA is always an experiment & COLOR BOX is no exception. The trick is how to make this experiment prevail & generate some artistic/production value. DA is totally about abstraction & viewing experience is the key point. When you watch COLOR BOX you can feel its affect on your 'sentiment, memory & imagination'. To me watching its texture construction draws very strong similarities to having sex with an alien.

For the note: the post office/card commercial in the end of this cartoon doesn't belong to Lye. It was added later by some other guy who bought the ownership rights & used it as a queer marketing device.

I think mentioning the level of Historical Importance of this cartoon would be superfluous.


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