Sunday, October 9, 2011

Angel's Egg (1985)

After decades of obsessive hunting for ever more obscure masterworks, it is very rare that I stumble upon something that is truly amazing, which I have never even heard mentioned before. But Angel's Egg is the jackpot! It is strange and original and wonderful, so much so that I find it strange that nobody's ever told me about it.

It is dark and mysterious and ominous and pretty much everything that Disney ain't. There's only two characters, none of which are animals that talk, and I'm pretty sure it doesn't have a happy ending.

Don' worry though, I didn't spoil it. Because though I could try to give you an interpretation as to what it is actually about, that wouldn't be interesting at all. The fact that it moves extremely slow (stressed out individuals can move right along) is purposely done and serves the images right, as you will need time to let your eyes wander across the wondrous paintings of a past future. Spending time trying to look for a deeper meaning, will be like looking for logic in a dream.

The only thing I can compare it to is Fantastic Planet, and truth be told, I'd have a difficult time saying which of the two should be placed above the other.


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