The 23rd International Tournee of Animation

1991 Directed by Terry Thoren.

REVIEWED By Chris Walters, Fri., Oct. 11, 1991

Experimental animation, despite the arty jargon often attached to it, is a dependable source of pure, thrilling pleasure, one of the few remaining in our ever more humorless popular culture. This year's animation roundup presents the work of nineteen animators from seven countries, all from Western Europe and North America, with the exception of two from the recently defunct USSR. Standouts include Gregory P. Grant's Ode to G.I. Joe®, in which a company of the famous fighting dolls turn a boy's bedroom into a base camp where they dance to “I'll Take You There” and “Sugar, Sugar,” and Timothy Lee Hittle's The Potato Hunter, a loopy clay allegory of hunting and gathering, roping and riding. Vincent Cafarelli and Candy Kugel's wonderful Fast Food Matador pays tribute to a service economy worker with a daffy wit not unlike early Tom Tom Club videos. Longest at twenty-two minutes and perhaps best is Garri Bardin's Grey Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood, a mad retelling of the old children's tale, highlighted by the Wolf singing “Mack the Knife” and Grandma belting out “La Vie en Rose,” and altogether saturated with sardonic Russian humor.

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