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Mr. Resistor (1994)

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In a basement, Mr. Resister, who's made out of wires and spare parts, appears at the end of an electric wire. He sees a bowling trophy and cuts off the arms of the bowler atop. The bowler ... See full summary »

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In a basement, Mr. Resister, who's made out of wires and spare parts, appears at the end of an electric wire. He sees a bowling trophy and cuts off the arms of the bowler atop. The bowler gives chase, organizing other trophies to join the hunt. Mr. Resistor falls into and escapes from various traps, including being caught in a mouse trap and, with the help of his power cord, turning it into a motorized cart. The trophies keep attacking, but Mr. Resistor stays a step ahead. In the background is an plaster Greek statue, a man without arms. Mr. Resistor, the bowling man's arms, and the Greek statue are headed for catharsis. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Will Vinton Studios stretches its muscles a bit.

While Will Vinton and the studio carrying his name are best known for Claymation (a term coined and either copyrighted or service marked by Vinton, but also a good general description of the animation style), the studio and/or Vinton does occasionally produce works directed by others in other styles. The Creation is an excellent example. Mr. Resistor is yet another. Using stop-motion, this is a much more serious piece than the typical Vinton release, though there are some humorous touches. Anyone looking for a pile of giggles is apt to be disappointed. But the short is engaging, the animation is top-notch and the production values are up to the usual high standards. As Vinton was shown the door (abruptly and rather unceremoniously) earlier this year, by the partner who recently acquired a larger interest in the studio, also this year, it's highly unlikely that much effort will be expended on less profitable things such as short animation, which is sad, because you can test out ideas and techniques in short films first, without the financial risks inherent in features. Part of the reason Disney was so financially successful early on was the success they had in training crews on shorts and learning what worked (and didn't) an the smaller (comparatively cheaper) projects. I hope I'm wrong, because animated shorts are an art form in and of themselves and the Will Vinton Studios were very good at them. Recommended.


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