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The Animation Show 2005 (2005)

Not Rated | | Animation | Video 18 February 2005
The second in the Animation Show's theatrical anthology series of the world's greatest animated short films; featuring Don Hertzfeldt's "The Meaning of Life" and Bill Plympton's "Guard Dog".

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Year Two of the "Animation Show" theatrical anthology series, showcasing more of the world's best animated short films: headlined by Don Hertzfeldt's "The Meaning of Life", also features Bill Plympton's "Guard Dog" and Peter Cornwell's "Ward 13". Written by RW

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18 February 2005 (USA) See more »

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Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt Present: The Animation Show 2005 See more »

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1.37 : 1
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The DVD version Includes the following short films:
  • Bunnies (2002, directed by Jakob Schuh and Saschka Unseld)
  • Guard Dog (2004, directed by Bill Plympton)
  • The F.E.D.S. (2002, directed by Jennifer Drummond Deutrom)
  • Pan With Us (2003, directed by David Russo)
  • Ward 13 (2003, directed by Peter Cornwell)
  • Hello (2003, directed by Jonathan Nix)
  • Rockfish (2003, directed by Tim Miller)
  • Magda (2004, directed by Chel White)
  • Fallen Art (2004, directed by Tomasz Baginski)
  • When the Day Breaks (1999, directed by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis)
  • Fireworks (2004, directed by Pes)
  • The Meaning of Life (2005, directed by Don Hertzfeldt)
In addition the DVD features 2 bonus shorts:
  • A Painful Glimpse Into My Writing Process (2005, directed by Chel White)
  • Kaboom! (2004, directed by Pes)
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14 May 2005 | by DanSee all my reviews

It pains me to write a mediocre review of this animation collection, but compared to the first year's collection, this batch doesn't measure up.

The first Animation Show collection had a good balance between technically-interesting animation and shorts that were down-right entertaining. It was so good I saw it three times in the theater, was on the waiting list for the first round of the DVD release, and have since shown it in my home theater to friends numerous times. Naturally, I was very eager to see the 2005 collection.

This year's show favored shorts that were remarkable for the technical superiority of the animation techniques, unfortunately at the expense of including many shorts with actual entertainment value. Are these shorts works of art? Undoubtedly, but I have a feeling they won't achieve anywhere near the cult-status of many of the shorts in the first collection.

The only exception to my observation was Bill Plympton's "Guard Dog." Despite not being a fan of Bill Plympton, I found this short to be pretty good and worthy of a few chuckles, even if it was predictable.

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