The House

The House

What distinguishes a house from a home? Some of the brightest emerging talents in stop-motion animation join forces to consider creature comforts in The House. Although billed as a mini-series on some channels, this Netflix flick is a brisk anthology feature. The House offers three chapters, each made by a different director or team. It showcases some of the most exciting new voices in independent animation. The three acts, which could stand independently but complement one another thematically, aesthetically, and playfully, build a three-story structure about the social and personal aspects of the dwellings in which we live. Each chapter lets the artists develop their signature aesthetic on grander canvases, but the work is cohesive. This visually stunning, thoughtful, and darkly funny anthology film is a must for anyone keeping the pulse of animation. It’s a thrill to see artists who’ve helmed award-winning shorts on the festival circuit take the next step.

The three chapters of The House build a storybook fable about the reassurance provided by warm, stable housing. But it’s also a humorous cautionary tale about the nightmares linked to home ownership. The moral of the story may simply be to rent.

read Pat Mullen's full review: thatshelf.com/the-house-review-creature-comforts/