The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 11, 1991 - Page 7
Animation compilations from
Expanded Entertainment are getting
harder and harder to cover. It's not
that they're any worse, but just that
,they're basically staying the same.
.It's obviously not one of these "if
you've seen one you've seen them
all" situations, since the shorts are
different every time, and every time
there are both gems and duds. But
the essentially mixed-bag nature of
'the compilations isn't changing. It's
as if the producers, in trying to keep
the films as universally acceptable as
possible, intentionally throw in the
*same types of films over and over.
Often we see the same names and the
same subject matter in several ani-
mations on the same program. Not
that these things are getting bad (the
films in the compilations are almost
universally excellent), but that with
years of watching, I can hardly
differentiate between these various
festivals any longer.
This latest compilation, The
Third Animation Celebration,
is - basically - in the same
format as all of its predecessors. So,
rather than telling you all again how
great and unusual modern non-
Simpsons and non-G.I. Joe
animation is and how you will never
have a chance to see this stuff (or
even this kind of stuff) anywhere
else, I'll just give you the highlights
and say that if you have not been to
one of these compilation films then
you should definitely go and if you
have then you should go anyway,
but be prepared for a bit of deja vu.
The best film is John Kricfalusi's
Ren Hoek and Stimpy in "Big.
House Blues". Made for the retro
crowd at Nickelodeon, this is basi-
cally an updated Tex Avery cartoon
(Avery, working for Warner Brothers
in the '40s and '50s, consistently di-
rected the most clever, wry and vio.-
lent cartoons at a studio that was no
stranger to any of these concepts).
The plot is Avery-esquely simple:
the two lead characters (an asthmatic,
whiny chihuahua and a dumb, fat
cat) are sent to The Big House (the
pound) where they await The Big
Sleep until they are finally rescued.
What really happens is a
psychedelic, schizoid trip through
Kricfalusi's plastically violent uni-
verse (sorta like what would hap-
pened if one, such as Avery, crossed
Walt Disney and William S. Bur-
roughs). It's remarkable not only for
its style, but for the fact that it sig-
nals - even more than the Roger
Rabbit cartoons stuck to the begin-
nings of recent Disney films - that
animation and reason is finally win-
ning over marketing and censorship
(read that as Smurfs).
Coming in a distant second is
Mike Wellins' and Mark Swain's
This is Not Frank's Planet. This
computer animation project from
CSU, Chico is amazing for a student-
film. The film tells an amusing
story of two aliens, Spigott and
Rudy, who run some errands on the
Planet Gerplaxstenfeltplops in the
Solar System of Doug.
Some other good films are Vin-
cent Cafarelli's and Candy Krugal's
Snowie and the Seven Dorps (a Pas-
sive-Agressive Fairy Tale for the
90s), a sequel to their 2nd Celebra-
tion's A Warm Reception in L.A.,
Jan Svankmajer's Darkness, Light,
Darkness, the master's latest bit of
surrealism with clay and meat and
Bruno Bozzetto's Mr. Tao. There is
also some average computer anima-
tion, a couple of new cartoons by
nose-fetishist and ex-political car-
toonist Bill Plympton (who does
those MTV spots with the Wise-
man) and the video for They Might
be Giants' Istanbul (Not Con-
All-in-all, it's not a bad festival,
and it's still nice to see people using
the medium that, more than any
other, allows virtually complete
freedom to create, manipulate, criti-
cize and undermine what most of us
The Third Celebration plays at
the Michigan through the 25th.
Feeling like all of us do at some time, this is Ren Hoek and Stimpy.
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Loose Ends continues to persevere as
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