'Toons for Tots (and Tall People, Too) | Chicago Reader

'Toons for Tots (and Tall People, Too)

Sixteen animations from 12 different countries. In Sheldon Cohen's fetching I Want a Dog (2002), a girl's desire for a pet is such that she imagines her classmates as dogs; doo-wop music adds to the film's quirky appeal. The boy in Zoia Trofimova's Pipsqueak Prince (2002) tries to clean a blot off the sun; the surprise ending showing the stain's origin makes a neat point about sewage disposal. In one of the loveliest shorts, Rachel Everitt's Lunar Jig (2001), forest animals dancing by moonlight are threatened by a giant, multi-eyed insect; the transparent textures of objects and creatures creates a gentle, dreamy mood. The best, Andre Kogan Breitman and Andres Lieban's Fade Away (2003), illustrates a song about the power of drawing to stimulate the imagination (sketching a boat and traveling the world in it) while acknowledging the fragility of fantasy. 96 min.

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