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.
That ending is marvelous!
I've wachted this more than '2001: A Space Odyssey', and it's a cartoon for crying out loud!
It's absurdistic, psychologicaly elaborated on meta-level, violent and kinda cute at the same time. AND let us not forget mentioning the use of Beethoven's ninth symphony, a bombastic piece that fits well.
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"Rejected" is perhaps Don Hertzfeldt's most widely known work. Even though people like Thomas Ridgewell (ASDF) have tried to imitate the style of this film, nothing can come close to how fantastic this is.
I remember watching this video back in middle school maybe, before I had any actual idea about Hertzfeldt. I just thought it was zany.
tears of joy
Is David Lynch aware of this?
Laughed out loud multiple times. So bizarre and amazing.
It was actually kinda dumb.
Very short and very good - Countless <10 minute shorts and where to watch them | Links to YouTube/Vimeo
This list is a work in progress and will be updated frequently.
I included some of my personal favorites, as…