Spike & Mike's Classic Festival of Animation | Chicago Reader

Spike & Mike's Classic Festival of Animation

The first short in this animation collection, Zlatin Radev's Shock—a slapsticky fantasy about drawing-board characters that come to life and an animator who loses his third dimension—is so fast paced it's hard to make sense of. Others that aren't worthwhile include Pixar's tiresome Geri's Game and Don Hertzfeldt's Lily and Jim, a flat “he said-she said” about a blind date. But one gorgeous, moody item, the Illuminated Film Company of England's T.R.A.N.S.I.T., tells a tale of lust and murder in incremental flashbacks that evolve out of the travel stickers affixed to a suitcase dragged around the world. And Silke Parzich's Fruhling—in which furniture sprouts buds that unfurl into forks or fingers and everything dances—is inspired.

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