Friday, August 20, 2010

My Top 25 of the Aughts, #2

There are actually full-length copies of this on YouTube, but Don Hertzfeldt doesn't really like this, so I'll respect his wishes by posting a section of the film he posted himself. If you dig this, you can buy the full DVD on the Bitter Films site.

Since the mid-nineties, Don Hertzfeldt has been the reigning prankster of American animation, hand-crafting little wonders like the Oscar-nominated Rejected. Yet there’s always been a wealth of ideas behind his work, and these ideas came to the fore most prominently in Everything Will Be OK, a meditation on mortality and circumstance that feels like the cartoon cousin to Raymond Carver. That’s not to say Hertzfeldt has lost his sense of humor- far from it- but that it’s become load-bearing, in the service of some surprisingly profound issues about life.

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