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The Eagleman Stag (2010)

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If you repeat the word 'fly' for long enough it sounds like you are saying 'life'. This is of no help to Peter. His answers lie in the brain of the beetle.


Michael Please


Michael Please
Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
David Cann David Cann ... Peter
Tony Guilfoyle ... Philip


Voiced by the cult British actor David Cann, The Eagleman Stag is a dark, cerebral comedy about a man's obsession with his quickening perception of time and the extreme lengths he goes to in order to counter the effect. Each unfolding scene is a key moment in the life of Peter, another piece in the puzzle. Realised in monochrome stopmotion, the haunting and surreal settings create a sense of contemporary film noir. Written by Michael Please

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The Animation Is Good But The Subject Is Too Profound
8 March 2014 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

I saw a quick synopsis of this short - animated, BAFTA nominated and revolving around the philosophy of Peter Eagleman , a man who as he gets older becomes aware that aging has an effect on time . Since I've recently been getting in to discussions as to " Does religious faith make you live longer - no it doesn't . It's just that being in a church for an hour seems longer due to its tedious nature " I thought this might be similar to Einstien's theory of relativity where "If you sit on a hot radiator for five minutes it seems like two hours and If you talk to a beautiful woman for two hours it seems like five minutes . That's relativity " but this isn't really the philosophy we got which was very esoteric and despite the velvety tones of David Cann I found the points that were being made very pretentious and not half as clever as it likes to think it may be

That said I don't think if Michael Please is putting forward any sort of life changing manifesto and it's all a showcase of the animation . Interesting that The Short Of The Week website brought our attention to the animation by saying they weren't going to mention the animation under any circumstances ! Obviously everyone keeps the technique secret in the same way Coca Cola wants to keep their brand name formula a secret . You quickly find yourself asking what indeed is this technique . It isn't quite CGI , it isn't quite Claymation and it isn't quite stop frame animation . It's so unusual that you find yourself forgetting everything and asking what is it ? which is to its own detriment . It's easy to admire and I've no idea how much of it was achieved but I do know some of the techniques such as including shadow in the images and how often do you see shadows in animation ? but over all THE EAGLEMAN STAG is unsatisfying

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30 November 2010 (UK) See more »

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Олень Иглман See more »

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RCA (II) See more »
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