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The second in the Animation Show's theatrical anthology series of the world's greatest animated short films; featuring Don Hertzfeldt's "The Meaning of Life" and Bill Plympton's "Guard Dog".

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Year Two of the "Animation Show" theatrical anthology series, showcasing more of the world's best animated short films: headlined by Don Hertzfeldt's "The Meaning of Life", also features Bill Plympton's "Guard Dog" and Peter Cornwell's "Ward 13". Written by RW

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18 February 2005 (USA)  »

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Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt Present: The Animation Show 2005  »

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The DVD version Includes the following short films:
  • Bunnies (2002, directed by Jakob Schuh and Saschka Unseld)

  • Guard Dog (2004, directed by Bill Plympton)

  • The F.E.D.S. (2002, directed by Jennifer Drummond Deutrom)

  • Pan With Us (2003, directed by David Russo)

  • Ward 13 (2003, directed by Peter Cornwell)

  • Hello (2003, directed by Jonathan Nix)

  • Rockfish (2003, directed by Tim Miller)

  • Magda (2004, directed by Chel White)

  • Fallen Art (2004, directed by Tomasz Baginski)

  • When the Day Breaks (1999, directed by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis)

  • Fireworks (2004, directed by Pes)

  • The Meaning of Life (2005, directed by Don Hertzfeldt)

In addition the DVD features 2 bonus shorts:
  • A Painful Glimpse Into My Writing Process (2005, directed by Chel White)

  • Kaboom! (2004, directed by Pes)

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A major let-down!
14 August 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I was a huge fan of the first Animation Show disk, so I was sure to see this second collection. However, I was very disappointed because the films just weren't very funny--as they tended towards "arsty-fartsy" films that just made my head hurt.

One of the biggest disappointments was the virtual absence of Don Hertzfeldt's cartoons throughout the DVD--only having the bizarre and not particularly good MEANING OF LIFE. Likewise, PAN WITH US and MAGDA were too artsy and I disliked them. Fortunately, WARD 13 was a sick and twisted and funny film and the rest of the films were adequate.

Fortunately, THE ANIMATION SHOW does get much better with Volume Three. Three is NOT funny like one, but features much more amazing and mind-blowing films--and one of my all-time favorites, the unsavory and cool RABBIT.

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