Saturday, September 26, 2009

ISF: The Funk (2008)

ISF: The Funk (2008) Dir: Cris Jones Date Seen: September 25, 2009 Rating: 2.75/5

I'm very much enamored with the kind of stop-motion animation Cris Jones uses in The Funk but I'm not sure why considering how tepid the film itself is. Jones' cartoon is only valuable as a formal experiment to show off the technological limits of his brand of animation, which animates still photographs to create the illusion of motion, both realistic and otherwise. He knows this as well as the viewer does and relishes the opportunity to makes a story about a mysterious "funk" that leads a worker drone to commit suicide a playful trip to a slap in the face. I was impressed when our possessed/depressed protag's trippy nausea propelled him through a hall of mirrors or a zoetrope but then the punchline kicked in. Look forward to seeing more from Jones and hope the mean streak this short exhibits is short-lived.

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