Task 3, Part 1: Comparison – Bill Plympton’s “Your Face”

http://tu.tv/videos/bill-plympton-your-face-short-fi

In task 3 we were instructed to compare and contrast Andreas Hykade’s film “Love and Theft” with Bill Plympton’s “Your Face”, discussing how they differ and what they have in common.

After watching both, I noticed that some of the movements (?) were similar – or the same. For example in “Your Face” the man’s head twists into blobs – the exact same was in “Love and Theft”. Both have faces merging, changing, disfragmenting – a constant state of change. There maybe other similarities but those are the main ones I saw.

The differences between them are more than obvious. “Love and Theft” appears to have been animated entirely digitally whereas “Your Face” was done with traditional drawings. The styles are different also – Hykade has a more cartoon style and incorporates various aspects from pop culture and on the other hand Plympton has a more caricature-like style and is consistent with just one, most likely original, character.

Task 2!! – Love and Theft by Andreas Hykade

For task 2 I am to look into Andreas Hykade and his work and career. Also to have a look at his short film “Love and Theft” which is the one above.

Looking Hykade’s history he’s a Bavarian born animator who started working as an animator in 1991 in London. He studied at a couple of places and worked as a free film maker for a decade before becoming a professor of animation in 2005.

Many of his works have won various awards – particularly “We Lived in Grass”, “Ring of Fire” (wow did that one leave an impression..), “The Runt” and the one I’m about to analyse, “Love and Theft”. This short film had won the BAF award in 2010.

Analysing this video truly is a brain melting task! Like whoa. So here, read my notes on what I spotted in there after watching twice:
Hello Kitty, a baby, Mickey/Mortimer Mouse?!, Donald Duck, Spiderman, Goofy??, Charlie Brown, a Panda?, Spongebob, Tweety, Bert from Sesame Street, Powerpuff Girls???, Betty Boop!, Snoopy, Droopy, Spike, Gromit, historical figures??/ fictional figures?, (Santa, Hitler, Shakespeare?!), a yin yang, an alligator, violins..?, scream ( from the painting)..plus everything in between.

Progressively aggressive with the music, orderly and distinct >> chaotic mess, calm in the middle >> calm end. Starts with various characters, people old and young, gets more perverse near the end? Perhaps going along with the flow of life?

Some thoughts. It was a child, and it zoomed out of his head. And all that we saw was what the child’s head was filled with. Cartoons, Sex, illuminati messages, general pop culture, etc. What most young minds are filled with these days through TV, internet, outside, inside.

Some parts had specific messages? E.g. Mickey straight after Hitler = Walt Disney was pro Nazi?

My head has exploded with this. It is an amazing piece of animation though! One of my favourites.

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