Sunday, January 24, 2010

The good. The bad. And the animated.

If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.  It is in this spirit that I'm writing this very short review of the Animated Showcase at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Let's start with the good.  The hands-down star of the collection was Runaway, a Canadian film by Cordell Barker about a runaway train.  A clever, simple story that's animated with crazy antics that would be at home in a Road Runner cartoon.

Little Dragon by director Bruno Collet was also of note. It's the story of a Bruce Lee action figure come to life.  But even here the story left me wanting an ending.

Beyond that, I didn't like anything. I realize Sundance is about experimentation, but many of these films were so experimental that they just looked like really bad computer graphics. And no one likes bad computer graphics.

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