Rabbit

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Last week I introduced you to some of my favorite creepy short films on YouTube, perfect for your Halloween party YouTube playlist. (Does anyone do that? If not, you should, because that sounds awesome.) Those films were live action horrors. This week, I bring you the animated fare. Since animation is limited only by the bounds of the artist’s imagination, I find it tends to be creepier and far more surreal. If you disagree, please swear profusely at me in the comments! Also, feel free to share some your favorites. Here we go:

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Warning: Some of the links included in this article depict disturbing real-life violence against animals. When we talk about movies, we often talk about representation. And when we talk about representation, we’re most likely talking about people. How does this character’s personality fit in with my understanding of people in my daily life? What are the roles that men and women of different races, sexualities, and ethnic backgrounds play in a given narrative? What does an old film tell me about people during a different era? Who are the people that made a given film possible, and how did they contribute creatively? Simply put, cinema is a medium made by people, about people, and for people. But we often represent and depict other living beings through our narratives as well. We may be human, but we often identify with things that aren’t. This weekend I co-hosted a repertory screening of F. W. Murnau’s silent American classic Sunrise (1927). One of the film’s most memorable scenes features George O’Brien chasing after a precocious circus pig. The pig stumbles into a quiet kitchen and, through a series of screwball antics, causes a cook to drop a glass of wine onto the ground. It shatters, and the pig drinks the wine. What follows is a brilliant close-up of the pig, its eyes slowly drooping and its snout out-of-focus, which rather effectively conveys the animal’s state of inebriation. Through an intuitive implementation of form, the human audience is permitted to identify with the subjectivity […]

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Why Watch? The use of old Dick and Jane cutouts makes for the basis of a very odd story about greed, death, and getting what you wish for. This might be the most sinister the childhood pair have every been portrayed, but it works perfectly – blending the familiar imagery with a discordant fantasy story about an idol they cut out of a rabbit who can turn houseflies into things they can sell. See Dick and Jane Get Greedy. What Will It Cost? Just 8 minutes of your time. Does it get better any better than that? Check out Rabbit for yourself:

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