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.
"My anus is bleeding!"
I swear to God, this is a fucking masterpiece.
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.
One Short Film Every Day: Film #55
I’m gutted I missed the initial Letterboxd rush on this one because it’s just so fucking funny…
The height of absurdity (and possibly insanity…), Rejected is a hilarious series of mini shorts (of between 15 and 30 seconds in length each) that chronicle the fictional tale of director / writer Don Hertzfeldt’s attempts to make adverts for a series of companies. Draw in crude 2D and featuring a series of scenes that are increasingly baffling and horrifying, yet really fucking funny, Rejected is the type of short that will have something for everybody. It…
Muy fan de Don Hertzfeldt.
MY ANUS IS BLEEDING.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD AND ALL THAT IS HOLY, MY ANUS IS BLEEDING.
WATCH SHORT FILM: Rejected
Using a completely anti-CGI style of animation, Don Hertzfeldt manages to match the finest seen from the genre in recent history, all done completely on his own terms. With an absolute miniscule budget in comparison to the millions thrown at the mostly soulless 3D features we are now subjected too, Rejected brings animation back to its raw, instinctual roots.
Combining surrealism, shock tactics and most of all exact comic timing, this is absurd playground humour that has to be laughed at. Whilst violent and crude it never seems to be anything other than poking fun at commercialism, on both sides of the fence.
It was nominated for an Oscar but ultimately 'rejected' and was also due…
oh my god
I had no idea Swedish Chrismas carols caused rectal bleeding.
Not as brilliant as Everything is Going To Be OK, but still hilarious and biting. Oh the joy this site brings me.
I think the letterboxd community isn't really getting the picture of what the film is trying to say.
It's fucking deep, guys...
Well, right off the bat I knew I loved this movie. Even before any of the animated shorts came up. Because Beethoven's Ninth Symphony came on, which I loved. And on top of that, when any of the other words pop up on the screen, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony comes up again. That is an excellent choice of music. By music aside, I thought this movie was very funny (my anus is bleeding). It has a funny side and a serious side to it, just like in The Animated Show, another short film by Don Hertzfeldt. In Rejected, however, the serious side is the satire on advertisements. I think Mr. Hertzfeldt was saying in this short film that his little, pointless,…