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The Animation Show 2005 (2005)

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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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an awe-inspiring collection of shorts
20 February 2005 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

While not every short in this collection is a gem, the four or five that are impressive are unbelievably creative. Guard Dog is a gut-bustingly hilarious opening from the great Bill Plympton, with a great combination of clever, uproarious comedy with a twist of tragedy. Ward 13 is one of the most impressive action movies I've ever seen. That's quite a lot to say for a short animated film, but check it out and you'll see what i mean, it's relentlessly kinetic and dynamic. There's a short called Pan with Us that's an interpretation of a poem by robert frost that is a unique, ingenious form of animation unlike anything else out there. It's unfortunate that Don Hertzfeldt felt the need to make something so epic and out of character for his work because i think it left most of the audience disappointed, but it still had glimmers of his simple, comic genius. Thankfully, there are plenty of other works that cover up the less exciting ones. With the previous ones i mentioned, plus the gorgeous motion paintings of The Man With No Shadow, the perfect auditory love story of Hello, and thoughtful, subtle interconnected story of livestock humanoids in When the Day Breaks, the Animation Show Volume 2 is an amazing collage of the best modern animation in the world.

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