The beauty of Norman McLaren's animation has always been his devotion to perfection in timing, wonderful imagery, and the willingness to experiment; RYTHMETIC may be one of the only true miss-steps in his otherwise wonderful film career, due in large part to those very factors. Nine minutes of animated math> equations, which are interesting, perhaps even intriguing for math "afficionados", in their computations (all numbers and their calculations equal the numbers on either side of the "=" sign), move along with a semblance of life (i.e., a number "3" dances over to a number "5"), but not enough to garner any real "love" for any of the numerical characters. The setting remains that of an unmoving page, only the stark, white equations shift and transform before the viewer. The result is a painfully stagnant and utterly boring exercise, in both animation and filmmaking, by an otherwise brilliant and accomplished team (McLaren and Lambert). Fortunately, both animators would rise above this with their subsequent endeavors.
3/10. Made me feel like I was doing homework again!
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