Official Selection: The Comeback

> > May 31 2011

Official Selection: The Comeback
By Robert BellWhile definitely not the strongest collection of shorts, there is at least an impressive range of animation, along with a short film featuring a vivid goat anus, to keep everyone occupied for the duration. And, hey, maybe someone out there can try to figure out how a glowing circle relates to the overall theme of "the comeback."

Opening short animation The Gallery is probably a masterwork in some capacity, but it really just looks like a pencil drawing of a dude with an eraser for a head running around with a couple of other pencil drawings Sure, it likely all means something, considering that there's a mall and a dog on a leash. So I'm guessing this one is saying that capitalism is evil. Or maybe it's all an ode to My Left Foot.

Now, The Origin of Creatures is similarly surreal, featuring detached fingers and eyes birthed from a large butt hole mound creating an ersatz civilization, but the animation is exceedingly superlative, which makes this a wondrous visual treat that only occasionally looks like German porn. Unfortunately, The Reception features no eyeballs shooting out of fundaments, but it does have Martha Burns and Nicholas Campbell playing estranged lovers at their daughter's wedding.

This adequate Canadian short is preferable to the documentary inclusion, The SAAB Story, which details the career trajectory of '70s comedian Billy Braver, who worked as a SAAB salesman until recently. While dry and poorly assembled, this bland title is still preferable to NFB's Taxi Libre, wherein a Mexican doctor drives a taxi in Canada with a big ole stereotype ghost in the seat next to him doing his "Aye, Papi" routine.

Heinrich Drops off the Kids at Half Past Two is actually a very intricate and extremely candid short that develops its characters with acuity, detailing a friendship rife with a history of problems that gradually unfold. But it never goes anywhere particularly interesting. Although, this is preferable to the bullshit of Lake Mandala, a short that turns a bullseye image into a variety of colours. Again, I'm sure it all means something, but...

And, lastly, The Last Norwegian Troll takes a creative, comical and surprisingly scatological approach to the troll-under-the-bridge myth, making a weirdly melancholic tale out of an allegory about using your wits. Plus, there are many shots of animated animals pooping, which is, you know, whimsical.
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