Cartoon Capers | Chicago Reader

Cartoon Capers

The best of these nine cartoons from five different countries celebrate the sometimes dangerous power of the imagination. The inventor in Craig Handley's Tracey McBean (2001) uses “think globally, act locally” to justify building a backyard biosphere to prevent her school holiday from being ruined by the rain, but her cat and dog are driven insane when they peek out and see that it's raining. In Francis Vose's Quick on the Draw (2001) a kid etches an impression of a moose on his blackboard, then dreams the moose to life, only to have it criticize his drawing ills; soon the dream goes out of control, with a line of moose doing a conga. Nikhil Adnani's Field Guide to Snapping (2001) succeeds with much simpler etches: first a girl seems to create the forest background that appears behind her as she walks across the frame, then she plays music on a turntable from her backpack, conjuring up a whole panoply of forest creatures doing bouncy dances. 79 min.

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