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This short animated film from Brazil is a strange one, like many in the
collection of "Animation Show" DVDs. However, that's part of why it is
in the collection: it's different, it's original, it gets your
attention and offers unique visuals. Many times the story is very short
or even non-existent, as I think it is here, unless I missed it.
A big puppet, being walked through a big city area, turns people into insects, fish, birds or animals whenever he passes by them. The tiger is being moved by three shadowy human figures while the people are in animated form. It's different.
What I liked just as much as the visuals was the music of Zeroum, which offers a driving beat to the story..
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Inspired by one of the poems written by William Blake ("The Tiger"),
this animated short is an impressive visual fest, making an incredibly
good combination of puppetry, illustration, photography and CGI.
In many ways, "Tyger" feels pretty much like a music video: Rather than telling a story in a conventional manner, this short turns music into animation. The aesthetic of the designs is pretty stylish, with a flawless atmosphere and great sceneries.
This short animation was very captivating from beginning to end, with a wonderful visual aspect, which is more than enough to make this a totally worth-watching experience.
A large wooden tiger puppet is animated by three people dressed head to
toe in black (such as you'd see in some Asian theater). It walks
through the streets of a large city and as it passes strangely drawn
people, they become bugs or animals. Soon, all of the residents are
changed as the tiger mounts a hill overlooking the city. All this is
done using the puppet, lots of computer generated animation as well as
what looks like hand-drawn animation. All this is set to an infectious
pulsing musical beat.
This short film from Brazil is one of the strangest yet more intriguing films I have seen in some time. However, if you try to watch the film and demand a traditional narrative or even something that vaguely makes sense, then you will most likely hate this film. Instead, this is like a piece of art---one you simply look at and don't try to interpret or understand. And, as a work of art, this film is amazing--very, very different and very captivating.
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Tyger is only a couple of minutes long, but every time I watch it, I am
amazed. It is just so visually awesome.
In the movie, a wooden tiger puppet is walking through miniature sets of a town, with overpasses, skyscrapers, and human-like residents. As the tiger passes by, the people turn into creatures: bugs, birds, snails and sloths. At the end, the tiger stands above the city on a hilltop, looking down at the chaos it has created.
The tiger is operated by three puppeteers who are visible, but dressed in black to that you don't focus on them. There is some computer animation and some that looks hand-drawn. Plus, the music is exciting and fits perfectly with what is happening. Even though there isn't really a story, I felt excited like I would when Daniel wins the tournament in Karate Kid. How does a short film without a plot get me to feel emotions that strongly? I especially love the shot of the tiger looking down from the overpass onto the traffic. It was such a great angle, and there is a really cool contrast between the three-dimensional puppet and the animation.
In short: if they ever made a giant monster movie, such as Godzilla, that was this exciting to watch, it would be a must-own. I think the closest thing to it would be Cloverfield, which had some amazing visual moments. However, I really didn't like the way that monster looked AT ALL, and it was dark and drab most of the time. Tiger has eye-popping colors and breathtaking visuals that are filmed to maximize the sense of weight and motion. More like this, please.
My husband and I DVRed this from IFC, and my one-month old baby was in
the room and he was absolutely MESMERIZED by it. Whenever he's cranky,
if we put this on, it completely soothes him. It's aesthetically nice
to look at, I thought it was interesting how it has such an effect on
my baby. I can't say I personally understand it, but perhaps the baby
has a better understanding of it than I do. :-) I guess the baby found
it aesthetically fascinating!
An interesting short, worth checking out. And if you've got a fussy little baby on your hands, DVR Tyger to see if it works for you, too.
One of the better shorts that I've seen on IFC.
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