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Surrealism and animation? They go together like a lobster telephone
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The Guardian UK
London · 4 weeks ago

Parallel dream worlds open up, inanimate objects come to life: as a new Buñuel biopic shows, there are no rules to the mediumYou wouldn’t mistake the new Spanish animation Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles for a Pixar movie. Not unless your children enjoy seeing heads ripped off live chickens and donkeys getting stung to death by bees. It is a chronicle of Luis Buñuel’s time making his 1933 documentary Las Hurdes, and his struggle to define himself as a film-maker following his split from Salvador Dalí. In terms of Buñuel’s career, the rest is history, but Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles is a reminder of how well-suited animation and surrealism are. They go together like a lobster and a telephone.Early animators certainly recognised the potential. Around the time Buñuel and Dalí were slicing up eyeballs in Un Chien Andalou, innovators such as Max Fleischer were toying with the reality-warping potential of the medium. Looking at his 1930s Betty Boop cartoons, you can’t believe LSD hadn’t been invented yet. Parallel dream worlds open up, inanimate objects come to life, and the laws of physics are in thrall to the rhythm of the jazz. Surrealism found a safe haven in Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera, and even Disney, who in 1945 collaborated with Dalí himself on an extremely Dalí-esque, animation called Destino (which was not finished until 2003). Continue reading...

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/jul/13/surrealism-and-animation-they-go-together-like-a-lobster-telephone-bunuel-and-the-labyrinth-of-turtles #animation_in_film#film#culture
The Guardian UK
London · 4 weeks ago
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