Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Sandman (1991)

Behold, the Sandman cometh.

I have long ment that claymation is the the absolute apotheosis of animation.

Compared to, for example, cartoons, where a drawn interpretation of something real is made to move through changing the interpretations 25 times a second, the clay is not an interpretation of anything. The clay figures are really there, and the camera just a voyeur to their movements.

Yet it is given life through the wonder of stop-motion animation, and the result is nothing short of magic.

A perfect example of how wonderful claymation can be, is this little film.

Clocking in at a meager 9 minutes, even hinting about what the film is about would spoil the whole story. But notice how the eery mood which broods in the dark corners of the world, is seduced to come out and play with clay, in a way which mere 2D simplification will never be able to achieve.

Be sure to watch it all the way to the end, to get an extra treat after the end credits.


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