Too Outrageous Animation

1994 Directed by Various.

REVIEWED By Joey O'Bryan, Fri., Aug. 26, 1994

First of all, yes… it's outrageous. Any film that promotes itself with such blaring hyperbole will automatically raise cynics' eyebrows (“Can it really be that bad?”) and it should be made clear that on the level of providing an almost nonstop barrage of perversion and violence, for what it's worth, Too Outrageous Animation succeeds on a grand scale. Unfortunately, that's all it is, namely a collection of sickening images, with no ideas or stories to provide backbones for them. You can't tell a joke simply by blurting out the punchline, and since this collection of cartoon shorts is supposed to be funny, the filmmakers' “they'll-laugh-because-it's-cute-animated-characters-doing-unspeakable-things” attitude proves not only woefully unfunny, but insulting to the intelligence of potential viewers. Another problem is that the ho-hum nature of the atrocities is so blatant, obvious, and infantile that it may lead you to wonder what place “shock value” still has in today's jaded cinema. The prime examples of this are two Little Red Riding Hood take-off vignettes, (played back to back) in which the humor basically comes from all the characters from the classic tale having sex with one another. Despite all the graphic sex on display, it's nothing that a geeky third grader couldn't come up with and only serves to remind us how funny, clever, and slyly subversive Tex Avery's cartoon “Red Hot Riding Hood” was and still is today. Still, it's not all bad, and while the quality of the animation is typically uneven, a few shorts do manage to shine: the short but sweet Snake Theatre, the mesmerizing surrealism of Organ House, and even the infectiously stupid bad taste of Chop the Soo-iee! all manage to avoid the same traps that befall the majority, or in other words, they're entertaining.

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