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A man arrives in town to visit a friend, using a map to try and find the house. Cutting up an alley he finds a woman chasing kids who photographed her sunbathing. He grabs one of the kids to stop him getting away but CCTV pictures make it look a lot more suspicious and soon he is on the cover of all the newspapers as a child molester. His progress to his friend's house suddenly becomes a lot more perilous. Written by bob the moo

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Very amusing and clever satire on a very British hysteria
14 November 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A man arrives in town to visit a friend, using a map to try and find the house. Cutting up an alley he finds a woman chasing kids who photographed her sunbathing. He grabs one of the kids to stop him getting away but CCTV pictures make it look a lot more suspicious and soon he is on the cover of all the newspapers as a child molester. His progress to his friend's house suddenly becomes a lot more perilous.

Starting out with animation that is very square and basic, this animation continues the Blackwatch trend of having interesting and stylish appearances in their animation. It reminded me of the first Super Mario game on the old 8-bit Nintendo. The film continues with an innocent situation that is blown up by the media, inspiring public unrest and witch hunts (until the rain comes and the crowd loses interest). The plot put me in mind of Brass Eye's paedophile special a few years ago where it really launched into the media but in a very heavy handed manner which used Morris' usual bad taste approach to everything.

This short however is much gentler and humourous. The events are exaggerated but are a perfect spoof of reactions to anything that suggests that something dodgy is happening. If you don't live in the UK, you may not have the flavour of this but to give you an example of how spot on this short is, at one point the office of an paediatrician was attacked by a mob as they confused what the word meant! The short has a nice touch right at the end and is very humourous throughout.

An amusing short which hits a bull's-eye on the target it was aiming for in it's comment. Yet another clever and enjoyable short from the Blackwatch stable.


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