A hilarious collection of animated television commercials that were rejected because of their creator's failing grip on sanity.



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A balloon wraps itself around a young child's hand, bringing him higher and higher, much to the child's delight... but...

Director: Don Hertzfeldt
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A series of dark and troubling events forces Bill to reckon with the meaning of his life - or lack thereof.

Director: Don Hertzfeldt
Stars: Don Hertzfeldt
Animation | Short | Comedy
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The evolution of humanity, through countless eons.

Director: Don Hertzfeldt
Stars: Murwarid Abdiani, Jaden Alexander, Lance Anderson
Lily and Jim (1997)
Animation | Comedy | Romance
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Lily and Jim are interviewed about their disastrous blind date.

Director: Don Hertzfeldt
Stars: Robert May, Karin Anger
Wisdom Teeth (2010)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Help from a friend to pull the wisdom teeth does not end as expected.

Director: Don Hertzfeldt
Stars: Don Hertzfeldt, Roxanna Hibdon
Animation | Short | Comedy
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Story of Bill and his madness driven family.

Director: Don Hertzfeldt
Stars: Don Hertzfeldt
Genre (1996)
Animation | Comedy | Short
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A hapless cartoon character is dragged through a spectrum of cinematic situations by his frustrated animator.

Director: Don Hertzfeldt
Animation | Short | Drama
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Don Hertzfeldt closes his trilogy as Bill struggles to piece together his shattering psyche.

Director: Don Hertzfeldt
Stars: Sara Cushman, Don Hertzfeldt
Ah, L'Amour (1995)
Animation | Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A guy keeps getting painfully rejected (bodily harm) when he asks girls out.

Director: Don Hertzfeldt
Animation | Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A "trilogy" of surreal and funny cartoons, produced exclusively to book-end the first year of The Animation Show's travelling theatrical tour.

Director: Don Hertzfeldt
Stars: Don Hertzfeldt, Robert May
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future.

Director: Don Hertzfeldt
Stars: Julia Pott, Winona Mae, Sara Cushman
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Bill struggles to put together his shattered psyche, in this new feature film version of Don Hertzfeldt's animated short film trilogy.



Cast overview:
Robert May ...
Guy #1 / Guy #2 / Fluffy Guy / Ticks Announcer / Left Hand Characters (voice)
Mother (voice)
Spoon Guy / Banana / Queen of France (voice)


An animator's commissioned works, rejected because of their increasingly absurd and violent tone (reflecting the animator's own progressive breakdown), eventually find their entire animated world collapsing in upon itself. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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25 July 2000 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Like Don Hertzfeldt's other animated films, no computers were used in the production. All of the film's special effects were photographed traditionally and in-camera. See more »


France is a Republic, there is no Monarch. See more »


Guy #1: Tuesday's coming, did you bring your coat?
Guy #2: I live in a giant bucket.
Guy #1: [the head of a little angry monster suddenly grows out of Guy #1's head and begins to scream something in an indeterminable language] Wayo!
Guy #2: Fuck!
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Nu är det jul igen
Traditional Swedish Christmas song
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You'll either love it or hate it, but it's superb as a test of your sense of humor
9 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rejected (nominated for an Academy Award) is quite simply one of the most stupid, insane pieces of American animation to come in this new decade. There's no plot, just a series of little animated short films by Don Hertzfeldt, an animator who wanted to get some commercial spots with his ads. The result is what's before you, what was entirely rejected, yet repackaged here for the public. Some shorts involve almost nothing at all (albeit with a surprising words from the creatures), others involve surreal images of talking bananas, weird dancing things, and an bleeding incident.

The first time I saw this film, it was a very funny way to kill ten minutes. I watched it with an audience at my university, and almost all of us were cracking up. But then when I watched it again with other friends, I didn't laugh as hard, and they didn't laugh at all. So really, besides the aesthetic interest in the film (sometimes the animation starts to deconstruct on itself, with repeated scribblings put to focus), it's a very subjective viewing. You can either lose yourself in the ridiculousness and catch phrases, or be completely turned off by the lengths to which is wants you to laugh. But it is very memorable, and it's the kind of film I want to see again in several months to a year, when it will be even fresher.

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