A boy who walks on his hands enjoys a different view of the world.

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A boy who walks on his hands enjoys a different view of the world.

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1969 (USA)  »

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Up Is Down is a wonderfully unique animated short from Millie and Morton Goldsholl
23 March 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

Inspired by June Brindel's children's short story "Luap", designer-writer-director Millie Goldsholl's Up Is Down tells the story of a boy who walks with his hands with the result being his visualizing everything in a more sunny, optimistic view than the more coldly and cynically detached one of many of the adults that surround him trying to change him into their viewpoints by using all the experiments at their disposal. The abstract animation of the humans mixes with various fast-cutting of various photos that illustrate many of the turbulent events that illustrated the era this film was made in. Included in those pictures is one of the late Martin Luther King, Jr, who is dedicated in memory of in this provocative short. Along with the compelling narration of Hans Conried was the childlike music of Dick Boyell that made Up Is Down quite a statement of how polarizing opposite viewpoints can truly be and how one needs to find some middle ground to truly make things balance out. Produced by Millie's husband, Morton Goldsholl, Up Is Down is well worth seeing for animation buffs and those who agree with the message this short is sending.


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