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Tongues and Taxis (2000)


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Cast overview:
Jesse Schmal Jesse Schmal ... Doctor (voice)
Michael Overbeck Michael Overbeck ... (voice)
Aaron Zigman ... Additional Voice (voice)
Vivek Carrosco Vivek Carrosco ... (voice)
Lindsay Hastings Lindsay Hastings ... (voice)


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12 October 2000 (USA) See more »

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An amusing, rough and ready animation that gets by thanks to good animation, some strong moments and a general air of imagination
30 April 2007 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

A man lives in a town he hates and his only friend is his cat. One day, in a fit of rage he accidentally bites off his own tongue and then breaks his arms. He rushes to hospital to get patched up, while his cat slips out to the park to kill some squirrels. Neither of them though, could have imagined how the day would end.

Those of us used to adult-swim's weird and (mostly) wonderful collection of animated series might greet Tongues and Taxis with a little bit of snobbery as it is in this vein but not quite as good. The plot of the short is imaginative and, although it is a bit longer than the material can sustain, it does produce some great moments. It is interesting enough as it develops a daft plot from start to finish although it does help to be in the mindset for this and not be expecting a serious short film (obviously). The animation is good considering it is a student film of sorts, with some basic parts but mostly all driven by imagination and personal touch.

The cat is of course the highlight and the park scene is amusing and clever. The rest of the short is variable and some bits are imaginative (the final tongue attack) while others needed work (the man himself is not as strong a character as I would have liked)). Overall though, an amusing, rough and ready animation that gets by thanks to good animation, some strong moments and a general air of imagination.

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