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Closed Mondays (1974)

A man visiting a museum sees the works of art come to life.


Bob Gardiner
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Cast overview:
Todd Oleson Todd Oleson ... (voice)
Holly Johnson Holly Johnson ... (voice)


On a clear and serene night, a slightly inebriated but happy old man decides to wander into a small and empty art exhibition. But strangely, as the man bumps into the indecipherable artefacts heckling with critical comments, much to his surprise, little by little, the gallery's precious objects come to life, dancing before his very eyes. However, is he really seeing pink elephants and blue mice? Written by Nick Riganas

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This short was included in the theatrical release of the compilation feature "Fantastic Animation Festival" (1977). See more »

Alternate Versions

The version included in the video "Academy Award Winners - Animated Short Films" (released by Vestron Video) leaves out the words "Usual Crap" from the sign shown in the beginning of the film. See more »

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Birth of a Genre
22 September 2020 | by ryanmoynihanSee all my reviews

The animation floored me. To think Will Vinton had such a fine tuned grasp on his claymation style at it's very earliest stages is incredible. The facial expressions are most unbelievable because they look so detailed and realistic.

The use of different camera techniques normally used in live action is also admirable. Rack shots and POV's cannot be easy to accomplish in this style. And yet he pulls them off flawlessly. You would think this short was made by a small team of professionals and not two college kids.

Will Vinton has said the character is drunk to make up for the fact that he could not animate a person walking without wobbling. This decision actually became a benefit to the short overrall. It has a sense of humor that I think it would be missing if he were sober and understanding what was happening.

The imagery and ending feel very unsettling, especially when the short strictly uses diagetic sound to compliment the visuals.

This is a very important film to the history of clay animation and Will Vinton's career. It makes me happy, then, to know that it is so dang good.

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Release Date:

31 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Defteres Klista See more »

Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA

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1.37 : 1
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