Another part of this torrent, giving people access to animated shorts that would otherwise be seen by only a few. Guilherme Marcondes is included here as well (Remember him from Tyger in part 10?), and I can say he is one of my favorite modern day animators. Check out more of his work (among others the Modest Mouse video clip). The Saint Inspector is a nice claymation creation from the makers of The Secrets of Tom Thumb, which is not a short animation but still highly recommended. George Geertsen uses pencil drawings, some animated, some stills, combined with street noises to give us a look at a day in the park for an old man around 1971, in an animation produced by the much appreciated National Film Board of Canada. After Jumping (Part
I included a longer animation from Osama Tezuka, Legend of the Forest. Tezuka is still relatively unknown, although his work was hugely influential, especially on manga comics. Being influenced by Walt Disney (which is especially clear in Legend of The Forest), Walt Disney in turn plagiarized his television series Kimba The White Lion from the 60's in 1994 when they made The Lion King, without giving any credit to Tezuka. I recently read his comic series Buddha, and think Tezuka's greatest skill lies in approaching serious matters with a sense of humor. In Holding Your Breath, Anthony Lucas, you mainly see silhouettes, light backgrounds, and dark skinny shapes on the foreground, with the voice over contributing to the slightly tense atmosphere: it was nominated for a palm d?or in Cannes. Joanna Quinn has created the first reality series in animation with Dreams and Desires, Family Ties, as a typical British family is followed on a wedding day with a handheld camera. Naturally, everything goes horribly wrong, and it?s extremely funny, as the woman making the recordings? keeps commenting on what happens, while having a couple of drinks (and then some). In eternal gaze, Sam Chen takes Alberto Giacometti as his main subject, in a reasonably successful CGI film that won many festivals: personally, I feel it?s music is a bit too dramatic, and the movie is too long, but since it?s still well made, I included it here. In John Hubley?s The Hole, Hubley uses improvised dialogue from Dizzy Gillespie and George Mathews as two construction workers at work in the bottom of a hole on a construction site discussing the possibility of an accidental nuclear weapons attack. I also included a short by Yamamura (better known for his Oscar nominated Atama-yama), but I like this story much better. Some more experimental work comes from Oscar Fischinger (Spirals was his first film) and Robert Breer (70).