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Monster Road (2004)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 21 January 2004 (USA)
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Monster Road explores the wildly fantastic worlds of legendary underground clay animator Bruce Bickford. Tracing the origins of his remarkably unique sensibility, the film journeys back to ... See full summary »

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Monster Road explores the wildly fantastic worlds of legendary underground clay animator Bruce Bickford. Tracing the origins of his remarkably unique sensibility, the film journeys back to Bickford's childhood in a competitive household during the paranoia of the Cold War and examines his relationship with his father, George, who is facing the onset of Alzheimer's Disease. Bickford's films, especially the dark and magical clay animations he created for Frank Zappa in the 1970s, have achieved cult status worldwide. Entirely self-taught, the 56-year-old Bickford works alone in a makeshift basement studio in his house near Seattle. Bickford's father George, a retired Boeing engineer of the Cold War era, is the other main character. George's talent for maximizing the space inside airplanes and missiles parallels his son's animations, which often contain dozens of inch-tall figures fighting battles on a tiny set. George's wondrous musings about the universe reveal a deep admiration for the... Written by Press Release

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This documentary is one of many by director Brett Ingram which depict an eccentric underground artist, along with Rocaterrania and Armor of God. See more »

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Edited from The Amazing Mister Bickford (1987) See more »

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An endearing look at little dudes...and big dudes and every size dude in-between...and the man who animates them...and his dad.
3 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Animation fans take note: This doc about the life and work of legendary animator Bruce Bickford has it all. A triumph of the little guy, this documentary kicks a substantial number of asses. If you are someone with a sensible ass (and you know who you are), then this film will kick it! See it and find out for yourself! Don't be one of those dudes that gets impaled on the wheel of torture.


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