Animation Express 2

Animation Express 2 Blu-ray

Animation Express 2 (Directors: Various): It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since the National Film Board of Canada released the ori­ginal Animation Express col­lec­tion. I raved about that col­lec­tion, and although sequels are usu­ally not as good as the ori­ginal, this second col­lec­tion is just as stuffed with treas­ures as the first.

Particular favour­ites include the exper­i­mental CMYK, where printer’s marks dance around the screen to the music of the Quatuor Bozzini quar­tet, and Wild Life in which an Englishman trades his bowler hat for a cow­boy hat, com­ing to Alberta in 1909 to try his hand at ranch­ing. It doesn’t quite work out in this whim­sical and yet haunt­ing film.

The DVD con­tains 20 more (and the Blu-ray 26 more!) and while I don’t like all of them quite as much as the two above (I par­tic­u­larly didn’t like the Meryl Streep and Forest Whitaker-voiced Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life), this col­lec­tion con­tin­ues to gather the very best in Canadian anim­a­tion, some of the most-awar­ded work in the world.

P.S. Though I’ll be post­ing more about this later, you can see both CMYK and Wild Life on the big screen as part of a new shorts screen­ing series I’m launch­ing in January. Behold Shorts That Are Not Pants. Hope you can join us!

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