Uncle (1996)

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A nephew recalls the sometimes-lonely and often-eccentric life of his beloved uncle.


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Uncle (voice)


Adam remembers his uncle. He had a hardware store, made a spider out of a pipe cleaner for Adam, had no kids and became sort of a surrogate parent to the lad. Adam's aunt commits suicide, but his uncle is not lonely, thanks to his dog Reg, his lemon tree, meals he shapes into smiley faces, good cups of tea, an incinerator, playing Santa on Christmas, and occasional visits from religious missionaries. Things start to go downhill for uncle, though, with the sudden death of Reg, and life ends in a nursing home, where Adam occasionally goes to visit. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Very strange but very endearing
5 January 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of three odd little films made by Adam Benjamin Elliot. The trilogy consists of UNCLE, COUSIN and BROTHER. All three are very similar in style--all with similar claymation, all in black and white and all with very deadpan narration. All three films also are quite funny and very poignant.

UNCLE is about the narrator's uncle, though I have no idea if these remembrances are true or not. Whatever the case may be, the claymation and way of doing the film make it very funny indeed and you can't help but be pulled into the world of the creator. However, while most of it is rather funny, like the other two films, the ending is rather sad and poignant.

Now the claymation quality is just okay, but because the film captivates the viewer so quickly and I found after I saw one I was strongly compelled to seek out the others, then this was a very effective film. One well worth seeing--particularly for lovers of shorts and animation.

If you want to see this or the other two videos, go to http://www.atomfilms.com/ .

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