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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.
"My anus is bleeding!"
I swear to God, this is a fucking masterpiece.
And all at once, the collective mind of the Letterboxd community decided that this was the funniest shit they'd ever seen.
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.
Back when my friend Brian first showed me this short film in middle school, I laughed egregiously, but had no idea that it wasn't just another viral video. I had thought that one of the most important, influential, and successful animated films of all time, the arguable magnum opus of our generation's most distinctive young animator, was just another silly internet meme.
Luckily, I had been incredibly naive, and with my recent discovery of Don Hertzfeldt's work I've just spent about two hours watching through most of his stunning filmography. And now, thanks to the autoplay feature on YouTube, I've circled back to this, the masterpiece, the legend, the comedy goldmine. He might have reached higher thematic highs in "World…
First you're like, haha this is pretty funny and random, but then ot'slike, yeah, this is so hertzfeldt. He has unquestionably gotten better, though one wonders whether he'll ever give something like this a go again in the future.
Also, the big spoon is more indicative of Don's hopeless frustration, nihilism and life-affirmative nature than anything else here.
I can't count the amount of times I've watched Rejected. In high school, my friends and I practically had it on loop for a good year and a half. Hertzfeldt's animation is raw, perfectly timed, the comedy absurd and painfully funny. Its sketchy simplicity makes its beautiful and bleak finale all the more a slap across the face.
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o.o WHAT. THE. FUCK. D=!!
seriously...this is the most INSANE fucking thing ive EVER seen in my entire life..myy AANUUS is bleeding!!!!! and wtf is it with the spoon????? why is it SOO BIG??????? sooooo random xDD
*holding an invader zim doll* FUCK everything else. this. this right here ladies and gentlemen is the meaning of life. now excuse me while i go silently cry in the corner of the room....
"My spoon is too big."
There is life in these figures. I think Hertzfeldt really pushed what was acceptable in an animated work with this piece.
Only Don Hertzfeldt could produce a film in which a sentient cloud-shape repeatedly yells "MY ANUS IS BLEEEDING!!!" while red liquid pours from its undercarriage at a frankly alarming rate, and have it not feel at all low brow. I guess context is key.
"My anus is bleeding!'
I dig this too damn much.
Don Hertzfeldt is clearly having so much fun with his shit.
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