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The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger (2010)

A children's fable about the power of advertising, the meaning of life and ultimately the test of a mother's love.

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Grass Fed Beef
13 February 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

As usual with the works of Bill Plympton, the script is sophisticated and witty as a calf decides he wants to be the best hamburger in the world and works hard towards that goal -- at least until he becomes aware of the consequences. There is a lovely soundtrack that goes with this film and the sound effects are exceptional. If you see it -- and you should -- stick around for the funny credits.

The one issue I have with this Plymptoon -- as Mr. Plympton calls his work -- is that it basically a quarter animated and the sense of movement is eked out by essentially jiggling the frame. I know that Mr. Plympton can not afford the sort of full animation today that Disney could in 1946, and he does make a virtue of this necessity, but I wish someone would give him enough of a budget to fully animate one of his pieces.


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