Dizzy Swallows

The Illusionist

September 13th, 2010

I could hardly contain my excitement this morning when I stumbled across this trailer for Sylvain Chomet’s new animated film. If there is one thing I adore and respect it is well rendered 2D animation. The painstaking detail and repetition of this art form can never be outdone by computer generated 3D (which is not to say that I do not love me some Pixar). In his new work, the genius behind Les Triplettes de Belleville, brings to life a 40 year old script by the legendary and comedic French filmmaker Jacques Tati. Chomet’s encore piece ostensibly revolves around the inevitability of change which, it must be noted, is rather pertinent to the dying art of hand-drawn and hand-painted animation. I hope you enjoy the trailer as well as the few stills below. The film opens Christmas Day 2010.

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Esteban Was Eaten

August 27th, 2010

Several weeks ago I took a flying leap off the emotional high dive. A belly flop, in fact. The reasons for this are many and varied. I’ve been trying to fight my way back to the surface since then, forging ahead and attempting some semblance of a brave face. But chicklets, I just can’t deceive you anymore. Esteban was eaten. And I’ve definitely got the crazy-eye.*

Needless to say this has left me feeling less like a font of anything remotely inspiring and more like a hermit crab missing it’s shell. I shall of course continue to bring you all things dizzy, and it’s entirely possible that you may not notice any changes. But I hope you will forgive me if there are markedly fewer personal interest stories or if I suddenly can’t stop posting tear-jerker songs. I’ll be back with a vengeance once I’ve caught that damn jaguar shark.… Continue reading