Two very bored shadowy characters try to think of something to do--and end up playing "Shadow Puppets."

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Two bored animated cutouts sit at a table. One is enthusiastic, suggesting things to do: check the TV, see if something's on the radio (five versions of La Cucaracha), play chess. Nothing works to relieve the boredom, including a ring of the door bell. So the enthusiastic one suggests shadow puppets, except that he's not very good, and worse, when his morose partner proves to be a brilliant puppeteer, the bubbly character hasn't a clue to what he's seeing. An argument ensues, ended by the sound of the door bell again. Who could it be? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Very stupid--and lots of fun!
13 February 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

HUMDRUM was nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 2000 and lost to THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA. I am in complete agreement with this, as THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA was a truly amazing film to watch, whereas HUMDRUM was just good old fashion silly fun but had none of the visual impact of THE OLD MAN. Now this does NOT mean that I disliked HUMDRUM--it was wonderful and funny as well as very reminiscent of a past Oscar winner in this same category in 1985 (CHARADE).

The film begins with these silhouettes of two strange creatures talking. Nothing terribly exciting happens, but I loved the first third of the film. The dialog was terribly clever and I loved how the one guy acted when he answered the door. Later, when they started playing shadow puppets, I actually think the movie slowed down a bit. It was still funny, but believe it or not, when the film had less plot it was more enjoyable!! My advice is to see this film. It's funny, cute and nicely animated. While not the Oscar winner, who cares?! It's so well done that frankly this doesn't matter.


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