The Animation Show of Shows

106 minutes 2017

Curated by Ron Diamond, the annual Animation Show of Shows anthology collects short works from around the world; this year's entries range from narrative to abstraction but all demonstrate the highest dedication to craft. Much on this program is captivating, but I'll limit myself to the gems most easily described: Mirror is an animated version of a New Yorker cover by Chris Ware, incorporating audio from This American Life in which a woman recalls an artless remark she once made that might have wounded her teenage daughter's feelings. The hero of Seoro Oh's hilarious Afternoon Class can't stay awake in algebra, and his head turns into an assortment of weights—a bowling ball, a hammerhead, a safe—as he tries not to nod off; before long he drifts off into a nightmare, rendered in colored outlines on a black background. And Marc Héricher's Corpus follows the progress of a macabre Rube Goldberg contraption, its zany convolutions given a fierce specificity by the hyperrealist digital animation.

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