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Nine Nation Animation (2010)

Various , Kajsa Naess , Veljko Popovic  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Kajsa Naess, Veljko Popovic, Burkay Dogan, M. Sakir Arslan, David O'Reilly
  • Format: Anamorphic, Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: New Yorker Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005J9ZDZO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,895 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nine Nation Animation" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews


A whiz-bang rush of visual delight, Nine Nation Animation... is one of the best compendia of contemporary animation I have seen in too long. ----Ray Pride, NEWCITY FILM

A balm for the brain and eyes. Its nine short films embrace enough visual ideas, graphic media, and
emotional tones to populate an aesthetic ecosystemeverything an animation package should be. ----Eric Scigliano, CULTURE FIEND

First-rate a filling multicourse meal for the discerning grownup toon fan. -- --Dennis Harvey, VARIETY

Shorts compilations are a grab bag, and compilations of animated shorts even more so. They do allow
audiences to tour the latest strategies in animated techniques and design, but at their worst you get a face full of
creative attitude and not enough oomph to make it stick.
“Nine Nation Animation,’’ opening at the Coolidge Corner Theatre today, is the exception that proves the rule: a
traveling road-show of (duh) nine shorts from nine countries that gets points for both style and content. Curated
and distributed by the World According to Shorts, an initiative of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the program
concentrates primarily on Europe with one side trip to South Africa.
If nothing else, the sheer variety of visual approaches here is dazzling. The opening short, Norway’s
“Deconstruction Workers’’ consists of two pixelated hardhats (Anders Mordal and Jan Gunnar Roise) having a
cheerful existential chat against a backdrop of Terry Gilliam-esque social unrest that turns increasingly
apocalyptic. “Bâmiyân,’’ from France’s Patrick Pleutin, marshals myriad materials — fingerpaints, sand, grass,
photography — for a gorgeously rendered fable about the giant Buddhist statues destroyed by the Taliban in
2001. And “The Tale of How,’’ by South Africa’s Blackheart Gang, is an audiovisual knockout that seems spun
off from an acid-trip fusion of Japanese woodblock prints and opera.
Not that the program is above the inspired doodle. “Flatlife,’’ an unabashed cartoon by Belgium’s Jonas
Geirnaert, turns the interrelationship of four adjoining apartment dwellers into classic farce with a touch of Gary
Larson. “Average 40 Matches’’ is a three-minute tour de force of stop-motion animation in which kitchen
matches act out a primal drama of addiction and mob mentality. Turkish animators Burkay Dogan and M. Sakir
Arslan get disturbing depth out of their simple materials, although it has to be said that the performances are
The three strongest entries seem to take us places we’ve never been, only to reaffirm our commonality. The
real-life tales of virginity loss in Sweden’s “Never Like the First Time!’’ run the gamut from funny to terrifying to
touching, with a different visual tactic for each chapter. “She Who Measures,’’ by Croatian animator Veljko
Popoviç, uses only one technique but it’s a lulu — a brilliantly uneasy CGI surrealism — for a futuristic parable
that suggests the shipboard scenes in “WALL-E’’ crossed with a Salvador Dali nightmare.
Then there’s “Please Say Something,’’ which I could watch all day for a week. An Irish-German coproduction
and the product of artist David O’Reilly’s fevered brain, it re-imagines the eternal cartoon struggle of Cat and
Mouse as an epic, all-too-human relationship involving guilt, infidelity, power trips, fights over the car radio,
hospital stays, and grudgingly hard-won affection. The animation style is a sort of post-Atari, pre-Sims Tokyo
windstorm that seems both familiar and stunningly new, and the dialogue — rendered in squeaks, meows, and
potty-mouthed subtitles — is just funny enough to break your heart. I suspect that by December it may look like
the best romantic drama of the year.
-- --By Ty Burr, Globe Staff

A whiz-bang rush of visual delight, Nine Nation Animation... is one of the best compendia of contemporary animation I have seen in too long. ----Ray Pride, NEWCITY FILM

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Product Description

A cat and a mouse carry on a dysfunctional relationship in a futuristic landscape. A Chinese monk sets out on foot with a tiger during the Tang dynasty and happens upon the giant Buddhas of Bamiyan. Two blu-collar workers dissect the meaning of 'normal' life, as the world crumbles around them. A box of matches succumb, to their detriment, to the appeal of a cigarette. Four people recount their various encounters -- triumphant or terrifying, euphoric or down-to-earth -- with an unforgettable rite of passage.

Norway, Turkey, France, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Croatia, United Kingdom, South Africa and Sweden. 2010. 82 min. Color. In Norwegian, Swedish, Farsi, Chinese and English with English subtitles.

NINE NATION ANIMATION is a collection of award-winning animated short films, selected by The World According to Shorts curator Jonathan Howell from festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Annecy and Clermont-Ferrand.

  • Deconstruction Workers by Kajsa Naess (Norway)

  • She Who Measures by Veljko Popovic (Croatia)

  • Average 40 Matches by Burkay Dogan and M. Sakir Arslan (Turkey)

  • Please Say Something by David O'Reilly (Ireland/Germany)

  • Flatlife by Jonas Geirnaert (Belgium)

  • Home Road Movies by Robert Bradbrook (United Kingdom)

  • Bamiyan by Patrick Pleutin (France)

  • The Tale of How by The Blackheart Gang (South Africa)

  • Never Like the First Time! by Jonas Odell (Sweden)

Special Features

BONUS FILM: The Runt by Andreas Hykade, Germany; Theatrical Trailers

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sample of intriguing animation from nine nations October 30, 2011
James A. Stewart, DVD Verdict --Actually, there are ten shorts in Nine Nation Animation; this is one of the few times when a DVD cover blurb offers less than you get. Part of "The World According to Shorts," Nine Nation Animation offers a sample of intriguing animation from nine nations:

* Deconstruction Workers (Bygningsarbeidere)--Real actors are surrounded by animated chaos as their construction site turns to rubble while they deal with personal doubts and problems. It has teeny, tiny English subtitles, which could prove annoying. Kajsa Naess, Norway.

* Average 40 Matches (Ortalama 40 «öp)--The matches aren't just thinking outside the box; they're heading outside for a smoke, and not waiting for a smoker. Burkay Dogan and M. Sakir Arslan, Turkey.

* B‚miy‚n--A child narrates the story of a Chinese monk's journey. Patrick Pleurin, France.

* Please Say Something--In a story of a cat-and-mouse couple, the cat finally gets up and leaves the mouse, until the rewind. Their do-over can't last, though. David O'Reilly, Ireland/Germany.

* Flatlife--In these four flats, all's well until someone decides to hang up a painting. The banging starts off a chain reaction of noises, bumps, and grumps. There's some tiny type here as well. Jonas Geirnaert, Belgium.

* She Who Measures--Smiley faced people with shopping carts go through a desolate landscape. Veljko PopoviÁ, Croatia.

* Home Road Movies--Dad loves buses, but buys a car because his family is large. The mix of live action and animation is more about growing up and growing old than about the road trips the family takes. Robert Bradbrook, United Kingdom.

* The Tale of How--Pythonesque animation illustrates an operatic song. The Blackheart Gang, South Africa.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Half worth seeing, half not January 1, 2012
About fifty-fifty composed of shorts worth seeing and shorts not worth seeing. The ones worth seeing aren't so good as to justify sitting through the ones that aren't, though.
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