The Animation Show 2005 | Chicago Reader

The Animation Show 2005

Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt present a dozen eye-popping shorts. Tops are Bill Plympton's wildly funny 2-D Guard Dog and Hertzfeldt's evolutionary tale The Meaning of Life, which teems with as many as 50 squiggly line-drawn figures per frame. In The F.E.D.S., Jen Drummond uses the rotoscoping software employed in Waking Life to capture some quirky grocery-store food demos, while Australia's Peter Cornwell refines clay animation to expose a hospital's dark underbelly in Ward 13. Over too soon, a stop-motion microtoon by PES called Fireworks is a festive salute choreographed with penny candies. 87 min.

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