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Moving spheres, such as balloons and bubbles, are superimposed on static backgrounds to suggest travel and discovery. There are perils: a boy falls, a lion roars. The lyric flights of hot-air balloons, flying machines, and dirigibles, and their accompanying music of the spheres, are sometimes interrupted by a jangling buzz. Circus images take over. Then, mechanical rhythms abound while a balloon-headed doll, perhaps alien, moves through a jungle scene. We end in a garden. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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I agree with Oldchap--it's hard to make sense of this...
28 August 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I really wanted to like OUR LADY OF THE SPHERE. After all, I adore short animated films (particularly the non-commercial ones) and at first I was struck by the Terry Gilliam-like animation. However, as the film progressed, I became more and more and more bored by the whole thing. It just didn't make much sense and was not worth my time.

When I say "Terry Gilliam-like", I am talking about the animations he did on "Monty Python's Flying Circus". Gilliam often took old pictures or paintings and cut them apart. Then, using stop-motion, he animated these pictures to tell bizarre and often anarchic stories. OUR LADY OF THE SPHERE uses similar techniques--mostly using 18th and 19th century engravings and paintings that have been cut out and animated. However, and here's the big difference, Gilliam's art was clever and interesting. The work here seems less sophisticated and dull.

Overall, this will probably just make your head hurt and isn't terribly interesting.


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