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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.
What the hell?
Lacking any narrative nor characters, Rejected still manages to bring out hilarious, fucked up, and entertaining moments from beginning to end. And it's so quotable too, oddly enough. But as many recall It's Such a Beautiful Day to be Don Hertzfeldt's masterpiece, I will say Rejected is my favorite by him. Don't get me wrong, I still think that It's Such a Beautiful Day is great, but come on, Rejected is just so awesome on many levels. This is controlled chaos at its finest.
What the hell?
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:-
Mesmerizing absurdity. The final minute is a masterpiece of meta-cinema in and of itself.
While Hertzfeldt would obviously go on to create better and more insightful work, Rejected captures him at his most "ANGRY!!!!" . It's really a film about feeling creatively useless, and while that goes without saying, it's easy to forget that durring the free for all hilarity that encompassess most of this short. Rejected feels a bit slight if you're simply watching it in the same way you would the more obviously heartfelt "Billogy". But as long as you keep Hertzfeldt's off screen presence (or charcter?) in mind while you're watching, you can find yourself thinking back to all your own artistic failures as a result. While that doesn't make it a masterpiece on the level of Hertzfeldt's best work, Rejected is certainly of a piece with it.
Still a master class in comedic timing.
This is just insane, and insanely funny!
Watch it here.
I think Rejected is the older,outcast brother of the LEGO Movie. It's dark, but weird and hilarious at first, then it actually ties up to have a pretty poignant message. It might get to off focused bissare for its own good, but, it's a pretty great little short film.
Rejected is a humorous animated short that stitches together a series of commercials made by the animator, Don Hertzfeldt, upon request by a handful of companies. Much like his 2012 feature, It's Such a Beautiful Day, the tone of the piece is a darkly comedic one - although unquestionably funny, much of what is being laughed at is rather ominous. What is so impressive between both this short and his feature is Hertzfeldt's ability to manipulate the animated medium in clever ways; the climax of this piece, for example, features rumples in the paper Hertzfeldt animates upon, reflexively reminding the audience of the animated medium.
While these commercials fail to reflect the companies they represent, the do reveal the internal…
My spoon's too big
Mmmm... kelp dip
My anus is bleeding
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- The King and the Mockingbird
- When the Wind Blows
- The Hand
- The Cat With Hands
- Mind Game
Week three of the Underrated Series and we get to the animation category. At least there shouldn't be any debate…
- The Cat With Hands
- The Black Hole
- Sebastian's Voodoo
- I'll Wait for the Next One...
Expanded and tweaked version of my recommended short film list...