We enter Bruce Bickford's studio in Santa Monica, California; it's 1978. Various technicians are at work; drawers upon drawers are full of figurines. Bickford says a few things, and then, with Zappa's symphonic music on the soundtrack, we're taken into various Bickford creations. Knife-wielding Africans fight rifle-toting Whites. A drawing of a toilet fills the screen, various foods emerge from it, and they change shapes swiftly into images of animals and things. In claymation, three everymen move through landscapes of danger and conflict. Moments of the every day change quickly into grotesque images. Little holds its shape for more than a moment.
Did You Know?
This movie shows the first use of the "bullet time" effect in clay animation (a technique of several cameras taking pictures in the same time around somebody). Michel Gondry
took this technique and adapted it to use it in live action pictures, commercials and video clips. This "bullet time" is also used in The Matrix
(1999). See more
Edited into Monster Road
Written by Frank Zappa
Performed by Ensemble Intercontemporain See more