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This rather clever short doesn't just break the fourth wall, it obliterates it!

Author: Robert Reynolds ( from Tucson AZ
8 January 2014

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This short was nominated for an Academy Award, losing to Great by Bob Godfrey. There will be mild spoilers ahead:

Animated and directed by Robert Swarthe, it's a deceptively simple hand-drawn animated short which ends up poking fun at itself and many animated film conventions, as well as a nod (knowingly or not) in the direction of Jaws. With no dialog and a manic musical soundtrack, it follows the antic exploits of the film's "star", a pair of red legs. The bulk of the short involves an extended chase scene.

The action frequently reminds the viewer they are watching a film. The film even ends with just such a reminder. This short is most definitely worth seeking out, though it isn't part of the VHS tape "The Fantastic Animation Festival", at least not the copy I have. Well worth seeking out. Recommended.

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Nickelodeon aired this short during the '80s...

Author: Jon Bailey from Lafayette, CO
11 April 2009

I have fond memories of it... the short as I remember:

A red pencil comes in from off camera and draws a little red pair of legs.

The pencil pokes around the legs, which run around (jumping on the pencil), and then the legs run around other lines drawn by the pencil, which sag and slide around as though it were running along a telephone wire.

After various misadventures, the legs end up being chased around by a big one-eyed basketball-like spider monster. There's a change in perspective to 3D as the legs flee down a bricked corridor, when suddenly a bunch of spiders skitter across the screen and leave behind a net-like grid, which catches the legs like a net.

The legs then start sliding around in 2D along the lines to continue ducking the big spider monster.

The action intensifies, and suddenly the film melts (as though it were being shown in a projector. A title card about experiencing technical difficulty comes up for several seconds, then the spider monster lowers itself in front of the card, swings back and forth and knocks the card over, revealing the melted film. The legs are running around on the blob of melted film, still evading the monster.

Lots of breaking the fourth wall. : ) Nickelodeon aired this short often.

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