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Cruel, and utterly effective, Peter Foldes' experimentation with computer animation employs a bold speechless narrative to draw attention to the grave effects of consumerism. Who needs ethics when everything is within arm's reach?
This film, shot in pixilation (a kind of stop-motion animation with actors), is about two neighbours who come to barbaric blows over a flower that straddles the property line.Written by
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Instead of the word THE END, the film ends with a sentence repeated in fifteen different languages: LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR. See more »
For many years, the only copies available were cut by about fifteen seconds - the sequence (about 6:45 to 7:00) with the two neighbours attacking each others' wives and babies was cut out. It was restored in the 1970s from an old print that was not in the best of condition. See more »
a funny yet poignant anti-war masterpiece..brilliant.
norman mclaren's neighbours is a masterpiece of animation- it entertains, educates, and satirizes, all at once.
the plot of the film is simple, and predictable: two neighbours are fighting over a flower, which seems to fall directly between their two properties. naturally, the two fight over the flower until both they and the flower are destroyed.
however, underneath that simple plot, there lies a strong anti-war message. it points out that war does not allow for winners, only losers; and it reminds us that we've been known to forget why, exactly, we're fighting each other, killing each other, as well as each other's families.
the battle is shown with live-action/stop-go animation- which allows the effects of the flower on the two men to be exagarrated easily. this suits the film well, giving a serious topic a little light-heartedness.
an interesting side-note- the soundtrack was not recorded, but rather hand-painted (by mclaren himself) onto the soundtrack. this gives the soundtrack a boxy, nintendo-like quality.
in my mind, this film could sit easily with modern anti-war classics; never too preachy, never too simple.
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