The Animation Show is an international collection of the world's best animated short films, programmed by co-producers Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt. The Show's annual goal is to bring animated shorts into more proper theaters than any other program in American history. This first year's lineup includes several international Academy Award nominees, rare material from Disney, never before seen animation from Hertzfeldt and Judge, and many other surprises. Written by
1st watched 12/29/2008 OK group of animated shorts presented by Mike Judge of "King of the Hill" and "Beavis and Butthead" fame and Don Herzfeld. Supposedly the DVD shows different shorts than the original theatrical release that traveled to various film festivals, so I this is definitely not a review of the original but instead of the DVD version but here goes with the version I viewed. The added 3 shorts to round out the feature by Don Herzfeld were fun, the three adventures of Ricardo are pretty bad, the three uncle, bother and cousin British claymation shorts were kind of strange and pretty serious stuff for this medium, which I guess is at least unique if nothing else. The short films surrounding these efforts were pretty good foreign entries but it doesn't make for a complete good film as a whole. Probably the best two were a video game-like entry where the character gets assimilated into an outdoor-like Cathedral and a computer animated entry about cloning. These thought-provoking entries surrounded by silly stuff doesn't make the feature flow very well. It would probably be better to watch a particular artist's shorts all the way thru instead of this weird mix, but maybe the original was betterI guess I will never know until they release it as it was in the theatres.
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