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This short film is somehow the tale of a bird fighting its own cage but really what it is is a film that is worth seeing to be impressed by the technical nature of it. It works in two ways like this; the first is that the animation is engraved onto black stock film cell by cell, which although it looks basic and simple, is quite a feat. The images that play out are like fireworks in a way and they dance across the screen. The second area is the jazz soundtrack as it more or less matches the images as they move with certain sounds getting different movements or shapes or both.
As an idea it is a good one. As an execution it is impressive. But as a film it is not quite as good to watch simply because in and of itself it is never more than a good idea well done it is never a great film. It is the sort of film where you really need to understand the effort behind it to appreciate it, because just watching the simple shapes and sporadic soundtrack will maybe amuse but nothing more. It also doesn't help that there isn't much beyond the idea of the animation and the sound, and the novelty wears off on this quicker than you'd think. It does still work and it did make for a good viewing due to me liking the ideas, but I would have liked it to deliver on a third area too, making for a strong film as a whole, not just as ideas and execution.
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