Japanese Animation Scene - The CALF Collective (2012)
The first of two programs that open the window - at least a little - on what's going on in the young Japanese animation scene. The CALF Collective is a small group of young Japanese indie animators that decided to pool resources and take their work to the world under a single banner. It's worked extremely well with CALF screenings of one kind or another in a vast array of festivals around the world in the last 18 months. And now it's our turn to check out this group of Japanese indie animation trendsetters.
|The Mechanism Of Spring
Upside down turtles, rotating frog wheels and a deer sniffing a t-shirt. Spring is in the air.
A lonely moment in a consultation room - the indications are not good. But the news isn't made any better by turning it all into a macabre stage play.
A graceful collection of intricately created abstract creatures comes out to play.
The slow journey towards thawing is part natural phenomena, part frightening inner battle.
A magnificently macabre, deliciously dark vision of the inner demons that race around the mind of a little match-seller condemned to the cold and dark.
The increasingly varied the sounds, the greater is the number of creatures.
Some moments take a lot more cleaning up after than others. Just as some moments are harder to explain than others.
An ingeniously simple idea brilliantly executed. The most fun you can have in a room with a few flashlights and some fake steps!
An elegant, almost art-deco-ish piece of rolling geometrical imagery from the master of the form.