February 10th, 2011
Funny, disturbing, beautiful. I liked this a lot.
Heidi already mentioned the Chris Ware similarities, and I’d throw in Al Columbia, but on the whole, OReilly still has plenty of his own vision to run on.
[Not safe for work. Barely safe anywhere.]
[Also note: An HD version of External World can be downloaded at OReilly’s shop, and yes, apparently, he’s dropped the apostrophe.]
Posted in Film
Haha, it’s so awesome that you’re linking to this, I’ve been following this guy for a while. I definitely see a Hertzfeldt influence as well, but David is treading some new ground with this one. There’s some really cool formal play going on here too, which is refreshing to see. 5 stars!
Definitely Hertzfeld, yeah.
Simple forms + complex physics = spooky.
I laughed, then I felt ashamed at indulging in such asinine crudities. Then I laughed again.
This is the result of years of shit quality programming and movies for children…
Compared to the unspeakable crap my generation watched (I’m 50), the last 15 years of animation has been a Renaissance.
The last 15, maybe. The last 5? Not so much.
Not certain I agree, given that Toy Story 3, Coraline, and a few other of my favorites were completed during the last 5 years.
Man, I hate being a negative grump, but there was beauty in there? It must have been after 3 minutes, which is as long as I could force myself to watch it.
I totally respect your opinion Scott. I know that these things are subjective, but what am I missing here?
In my opinion: The rest of the film. It’s just all these ideasthat were fully intended to be offensive and repulsive but and there’s a lot of comments on how people think animation can’t be either of those things. So it’s partially a way of disproving those people. But then their’s some post modern messages in there and something about all the animation flaws and the tenuous nature all these little worlds have with the fourth wall definitely brings up some existential questions for me. And then the end is ties it all together into waht looks and feels like a complete idea.
Having said that what got me through the parts that grossed me out was curiosity and a relatively thick skin when it comes to grotesque internet animation. If you can’t watch it you can’t watch it.
Great animation… BUT the video sucks!!!