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The Bats (1999)

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A bat tells his story. He lives near a Mayan temple in a cave with bats of nine different pitches. His mother cares for him, teaching him to echo for worms. But all is not idyllic: his ... See full summary »

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A bat tells his story. He lives near a Mayan temple in a cave with bats of nine different pitches. His mother cares for him, teaching him to echo for worms. But all is not idyllic: his brother dies learning to fly; not everyone gets along (babies can be attacked by bats of other pitches). After three years, his sexual urge materializes, and he mates with many females. God speaks to him from time to time, giving solace and advice. Drinking water, finding worms, and enjoying sex bring happiness. But extinction may loom for his species, and regardless of his wish to live forever, death does await. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Simpler than obscured
3 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The dry humor in this seems to come mostly from its simplicity and straightforwardness. A bat tells its life story, complete with short, concise details that are still brutally real to it, but without the anxiety or neurosis we'd come to expect from a human being. Fellow bats die, sexual attraction is discovered, ultimate extinction is assured, and food is hunted for with the same matter-of-factness as breathing.

The "simple" animation style helps that effect, though I'd like to point out that a lot of it isn't quite as simple as it seems to be. Especially during the sexual intercourse scenes there is this layered effect created by seemingly absurd and confused lines, which causes the imagination and interpretation of the events to be a lot more open than what one would expect from what looks like someone just traced over and over.

--PolarisDiB


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