Bopping with Niall JP O'Leary

Niall O'Leary insists on sharing his hare-brained notions and hysterical emotions. Personal obsessions with cinema, literature, food and alcohol feature regularly.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

I'd be so proud of that!

Although I have seen his work before, I am only now really discovering the work of Don Hertzfeldt. On the face of it his animation is juvenile, 'badly drawn' and violent. However, scratch the paper-thin surface and it's not hard to see something deeper going on. Any of his work I have seen is arresting, often hilarious, and sometimes profound. Apparently the short that got him noticed was "Billy's Balloon". It's violent, sadistic, but very original (and, yes, very funny).

Then there's 'Rejected', a fictional account of what might have been had he accepted all those offers to make commercials that Pez obviously did.

But topping them all, and with wonderful use of music by Wagner, "I am so proud of you" is like a coming together of "Tristram Shandy" and "Slaughterhouse Five". A masterpiece.

What is distinctive of all his work is that truly auteurial sense of a single vision. Not only that, but each piece has a cohesive identity in its own right.

You can buy merchandise (including his dvds). Hell, that really would make me a fan.



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