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Burroughs takes down a book and reads us the story of Danny the Carwiper, who spends Christmas Day trying to score a fix... See more » | Add synopsis »
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William S. Burroughs ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Ashline ... Christmas dinner friend
Dayton Bard ... Christmas dinner friend
Jon Blumb ... Christmas dinner friend
Jennifer Brosseau ... Christmas dinner friend
Susan Brosseau ... Christmas dinner friend
John Dillon ... Christmas dinner friend
Jose Ferez ... Christmas dinner friend
James Grauerholz ... Christmas dinner friend
Steven Lowe ... Christmas dinner friend
James McCrary ... Christmas dinner friend
David Ohle ... Christmas dinner friend
Wes Pittman ... Christmas dinner friend
Lou Propst ... Christmas dinner friend
Wayne Propst ... Christmas dinner friend
Carol Schmidt ... Christmas dinner friend
Charles Whitman ... Christmas dinner friend

Directed by
Nick Donkin 
Melodie McDaniel 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William S. Burroughs  story
James Grauerholz  writer

Produced by
Francis Ford Coppola .... producer
Jonathon Ker .... executive producer
Anne-Marie Mackay .... executive producer
Francine McDougall .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hal Willner 
 
Cinematography by
Simon Higgins 
Wyatt Troll 
 
Film Editing by
Clark Eddy 
Joel Pront 
 
Casting by
Noka Aldoroty 
 
Production Design by
Andrew Horne 
 
Costume Design by
Marea Fowler 
 
Production Management
Tony Shiff .... executive in charge of production
 
Art Department
Dayton Bard .... art assistant
John Dillon .... art assistant
Steven Lowe .... art director: "Burrough's Reading" sequence
Trealeen Ryan .... set constructor
Deborah Szapiro .... set constructor
 
Sound Department
Craig Paddock .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Dick Jarman .... model character design & sculpture
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Noka Aldoroty .... gaffer
Robert Boyd .... second camera operator
Steve Marsh .... gaffer
 
Animation Department
Tim Adlide .... animator
Craig Elliott .... animator
Robert Gudan .... animator
Norman Yeend .... animator
 
Editorial Department
David Bernstein .... telecine operator
Warren Lynch .... telecine: online
Shursen Parsad .... on-line editor
Scott Rowan .... on-line editor
 
Other crew
Phillip Brown .... production assistant
 
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2 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Had Potential, Could've Been Better, 26 November 2006
Author: coconaturalmystic from United States

First let me say I am a huge fan of good claymation, and the claymation here is pretty damn cool. It has a gritty noir feel that not only suites the story but is interesting in its own right. But that's not to say it's purely a noir exercise in 'grittt for gritty's sake"; the mood isn't oppressive or ridiculously bleak but finds the right balance between down-and-out blues and solemn observation and curiosity. It's imaginatively rendered and has some nice moments.

Now on to the not so good: the film is narrated by William Burroughs, but not in a way that at all lends itself to the visuals. He simply reads his short story word for word, and since there are no sound effects or voices to accompany the claymation it really distracts the viewer from the visuals. It's pretty pointless, as he is reading descriptions of things as we are seeing them. Nothing he reads couldn't have been conveyed with sound effects or dialogue, or even some creative inner-dialogue. It would have been far more interesting to follow the main character in this way, but with the narration it didn't let the story unfold, and it wouldn't let the animation tell the story visually (if you're at all familiar with how an animated movie can be effective you know this is a huge problem).

The claymation would have been that much more vivid if it had been matched to some sound effects, or even some good music, but that's yet another point of contention: the music for the most part is jingly Christmas music, which doesn't fit the animation AT ALL. If anything it could be seen as an ironic choice, but it's used too seriously and for much too long; even a clichéd beatnik jazz soundtrack would have been an improvement.

All in all I was pretty impressed with the animation, but the use of soundtrack really marred this little movie for me.

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