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Tales of the Brothers Quay (1987)

The Films of the Brothers Quay (original title)
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$5,051, 11 September 2015, Limited Release

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$35,275, 13 September 2015
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Beautiful, Strange and disturbing
26 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

I first saw the works of these brothers in 1990. I thought there style of animation was so different then what I had seen before. Although these twin brother directors are American you could not see it in there work. It looked very eastern European, as if it had come out of some Soviet block TV series. While the short films on this DVD make little sense or follow any story line, there are visually fascinating to look at. Some times the imagery is disturbing to look at. If dolls had nightmares this is what they might look like. I can't say I liked their work, but I do feel it is ground breaking visually interesting and creative. This is not for those with a passing fancy in stop-motion animation.


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