Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
An animator's commissioned works, rejected because of their increasingly absurd and violent tone (reflecting the animator's own progressive breakdown)
I noticed that basically everyone on this site was watching this and I decided to check it out for myself and see what all the hoopla was about. Now, I have this to say...
What the fuck...
What in the fuck...
Why did you people make me watch this?
Why is that thing's anus bleeding?
What's up with the banana?
Is that baby gonna be okay (I don't care)?
Why is that spoon so big?
Where can I get Johnson and Mills Fish Sticks?
What the fuck is going on?
Why did I love this so much?
Why did I find this so hilarious?
I don't know, but discovering weird shit like this is one of the many reasons why I just adore this site.
And all at once, the collective mind of the Letterboxd community decided that this was the funniest shit they'd ever seen.
Yes. Yes to all of this. Forever.
I really love these trends that occasionally pop up on Letterboxd where so many people suddenly end up watching the same thing, as has happened with Rejected in the last 24 hours. I particularly like it when said trend surrounds a short film as I'd love to see more short films get a lot more support in general.
Rejected is superb and exactly in the vein of completely loopy humour that I do love from time to time. It doesn't all work but no gag is overdone and Don Hertzfeldt's animation, especially during the last couple of minutes, is genuinely amazing.
Watch this on YouTube and enjoy - it's only 9 minutes long:-
I will probably watch this film literally a couple thousand times before I die, and it will never stop putting my jaw on the floor. It's hilarious and astonishingly creative and, as I put it in a piece that I wrote for a friend, "The last image in the film is so potent an expression of desperate frustration in the face of helplessness that I got it tattooed on my right shoulder blade." 190-proof brilliance, this.
Also: I showed this to the woman who would eventually become my wife the first night we met, sandwiched in between DEAD ALIVE and VIDEODROME. Somehow, she still ended up being the woman who would eventually become my wife.
Ah, this brings me back.
This nine minute Oscar winning short is a perfect blend of crazy and creative. Juvenile and genius all rolled into one.
Available to watch here.
"My anus is bleeding!"
- Weird Cloud/Dust-bunny Thing
"Mah SPOON is too big!"
The first time I ever saw the anus blood scene, I think I found myself laughing the most hysterically I'd laughed since the first time I ever saw the vomit scene in Team America...
On a little Don Hertzfeldt marathon...
Silly, stupid, weird and fun as it was meant to be. Upon re-watching, I picked up some messages about how the rejected cartoons were just as bad as the commercials they were supposed to be attached to, which is exactly Hertzfeldt inspiration for this film. A pretty surprisingly deep thought went on to this strange film.
I didn't believe it when I found out this was Oscar nominated. Don Hertzfeldt's worlds are something I'm slowly becoming accustomed to. I rather enjoyed this.
Just a little something to show a friend after introducing them to "World of Tomorrow." Check out my review of that film for my impressions of that and of Don Hertzfeldt in general.
What I will say here is that I still love "Rejected" closely to my heart. This film spurred many early memes and laughs for my friends and I in middle school. I even drew the raisin shouting "my anus is bleeding!" which currently is stuck on my door at home.
Luckily many of Hertzfeldt's films are shorts, so they require little commitment, making it easier to convince others to check out his work.
If you haven't seen "Rejected" or any of his other films, check out the Simpson's couch gag he animated for a quick understanding of his type of humor and style.
Rated this short a half-a-star higher due to one of my favorite Moviegoing Memories™:
In college, my friend/roommate and I went to a showing of Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation (goo.gl/pVZIqL) at an art-house theater in Santa Cruz. REJECTED was a part of the program and my friend *lost it* upon viewing it for the first time. At one point, I worried that he was going to asphyxiate from laughter.
A year later and both of us still in college, my friend says to me, "hey, Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation is coming back to town and they're showing REJECTED again. We should go!" So we do, and once REJECTED starts and the first character says the immortal line "MY SPOON IS TOO BIG", my friend exclaimed, "oh no... IT'S HAPPENING AGAIN" and had another laughing fit that was even more intense than the first time.
Awesome. Elements of this kind of remind me of Duck Amuck. Cartoons and their creators.
Having just seen another Don Hertzfeldt animation, I thought it was appropriate to go back and watch something that brought almost endless joy to my childhood, Hertzfeldt's "Rejected".
Back when I was little and I thought this was all just weird things happening to be weird, I thought this was one of the funniest things imaginable, but going back after a few years with a different mindset, I just think it's a shame we didn't see more of the path Don went down, it's much shorter than I remember, and I think you could've gotten an even better idea just how much of a toll the corporate side of his art was taking on him.
The anus bleeding scene, while…
Only the first eighty or so are in order-ish.