Most know Don Hertzfeldt for his bizarre and surreal animated short film, Rejected. An Academy Award nominated, highly recognized animator, Hertzfeldt has developed what I would submit is more than just a cult following since breaking onto the animation scene in early 2000. Today’s Sunday Shorts offering is a glimpse back at the work Hertzfeldt created as a UC Santa Barbara film student that prefaced his bursting into the public consciousness with the likes of talking bananas and dancing clouds with bleeding…er…yeah.
AH L’AMOUR (1995)
Written, animated, edited by: Don Hertzfeldt
While the artistic execution has certainly improved with time, this is definitely a Hertzfeldt offering. The off-kilter humor that hakes made the rest of his work so entertaining and worth revisiting is already beginning to show even as an eighteen year old student producing a class project — which this particular short film was.
You can find out more about Don and his work at Bitter Films, where he keeps a journal along with a hefty amount of other interesting things for fans to pore through. It’s a quirky site; take some time to look around. Basically, all the cool kids will dig it, and you’re an FSR reader — so it totally stands to reason that you will too.
Give us a visit next weekend for another bowl of tastebud tingling Sunday Shorts. Bring your spoon — just make sure it’s not too big.