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A wildly surrealistic computer-generated animation in which a young man is psychologically brutalized by circus characters into believing he is a clown.


Chris Landreth


Greg Kotis (play)
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Cast overview:
David Kodeski David Kodeski ... Dave (voice)
Phil Ridarelli Phil Ridarelli ... Pinhead (voice)
Diana Slickman Diana Slickman ... Harlequin (voice)
Stephanie Shaw Stephanie Shaw ... Balloon Girl (voice)
Dave Awl Dave Awl ... Money Guy (voice)
Greg Allen Greg Allen ... Dr. Pinhead (voice)
Steve Mosqueda Steve Mosqueda ... Intercom Voice (voice)


A wildly surrealistic computer-generated animation in which a young man is psychologically brutalized by circus characters into believing he is a clown.

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Release Date:

October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Бинго See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Alias/Wavefront See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Included on the 2005 NFB DVD of Ryan (2004) See more »


[first lines]
Pinhead: Hi.
Dave: Hi.
Pinhead: Hi, Bingo.
Dave: Excuse me?
Pinhead: Hi, Bingo.
Dave: Bingo?
Pinhead: Bingo. Bingo the Clown.
Dave: I'm not... Bingo.
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Edited into Spike & Mike's Classic Festival of Animation 1999 (1999) See more »

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Surrealistic computer-generated short is an animated wonder.
27 May 1999 | by ProzzySee all my reviews

"Bingo" is the latest entry in the arena of increasingly complex and lifelike computer-generated animations. Chris Landreth sought a subject for a short that would aid in the development of Maya, an animation software package by Alias/Wavefront. He found inspiration in the Chicago-based theater group "The Neo-Futurists" who for years have performed an ever-changing series of 30 plays in 60 minutes called "Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind." Greg Kotis's play "Disregard This Play," in which a man is psychologically brutalized into believing he is a clown named Bingo, became the basis for Landreth's animation.

Bingo expands on the original short skit (a filmed portion of which we see at the beginning) by allowing the innate surrealism of the psychological battering to take on realistic imagery. The bizarre nature of the admittedly thin plot will not appeal to everyone. Several people I know simply raised their eyebrows and looked blankly at me when I asked them how they liked it. But all were impressed by the sheer technical prowess of the animation. Facial gestures, human musculature, lighting and shadows, smoke and haze effects are all astoundingly realistic. And Bingo shows why computer animators strive to create incredibly realistic human characters; not to become replacements for human actors, but to give us believable animated characters that can transform into these strange and surrealistic visions.

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