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The Backwater Gospel (2011)

Backwater is doomed by the regular visits of the undertaker and its dwellers blame a tramp.

Director:

Bo Mathorne
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Cast overview:
Zebulon Whatley Zebulon Whatley ... The Tramp (voice)
Lucien Dodge ... The Minister (voice)
Phillip Sacramento Phillip Sacramento ... Bubba (voice)
Laura Post ... Townswoman (voice)
Robert Bennett Robert Bennett ... Voice Work (voice)
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Backwater is doomed by the regular visits of the undertaker. The town priest and the faithful think that a merry non-religious tramp brings the death that follows living in an improvised shed in the middle of the town. It looks like when he sings the undertaker visits. But is he the one to blame for their misfortune? Written by GitanillaOZ

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The tramp is a representation of Jesus and the preacher is a representation of the anti-Christ. The undertaker represents death. The fact that the towns folk fear death shows that the preacher is ironic because they should not fear death. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Tramp: [singing] The shadow of the undertaker creeps across your floor. Go lock up all your children and paint blood upon your door.
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Needed A Stronger Subtext
7 July 2013 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

The first words of this animated short are " The shadow of the undertaker creeps across your floor . Go lock up all your children and paint blood upon your door " which led me to mishear the lyrics for a second and think the undertaker may be the pope in disguise . After all is does state in the Bible I think that " no child's behind is left " or something like that and indeed immediately after this lyric we're shown a hell and damnation preacher

THE BACKWATER GOSPEL is an animated short featuring religion as its target but I didn't feel this subtext was developed strongly enough . Instead everything is down to the imagery of the animation which is suitably ugly as the townsfolk are portrayed as being inhuman ghouls blindly following the preacher in a frontier town . It does have a dark sense of humour but I felt the story needed to be a little bit stronger


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Country:

Denmark

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cântec din locul uitat de lume See more »

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The Animation Workshop See more »
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