What if popular psychology was applied to a shy monster created in the bleak and nearly deserted mountain castle of a scientist very much like Doctor Frankenstein? The doctor and his cynical assistant Trevor finish the stitching on a creature, inject the serum of life, and then stare in wonder as the monster just stands there. Trevor is all for dispatching their creation, arguing that it's either dead or stupid. The good doctor, however, posits shyness as the monster's disability, and proceeds to reach it indirectly, with the help of sock puppets, Toastmasters, acting lessons, and a date with she of Project X. Written by
This is yet another film sponsored by The National Film Board of Canada, though the film is totally different from all the many other films I've seen from this organization.
In this film, Dr. Frankenstein and his assistant, Trevor, are apparently in a business where they custom make monsters. However, something is amiss with their latest job--the monster doesn't act menacing or evil. Trevor suggests that the monster is just stupid, but the nice doctor realizes that the brain they used just came from someone who is very, very shy. Then, listening to the Doc talk about how an inferiority complex develops (it sounds a lot like a Psyc 101 lecture) is pretty funny--though once again, Trevor just thinks the thing is stupid and wants to use the brain for cat food! These are the sort of weird interchanges that occur throughout this wacky cartoon--one that can easily be enjoyed by kids or adults. While the animation is only so-so, the writing and comedy is spot-on--making this well worth seeing and fun.
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