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The Animation Show Volume 3

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Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt have returned with another collection of incredible animated short films! This program brings together the best work from The Animation Show’s 2007 theatrical program and additional groundbreaking shorts, 17 in all. See the latest work from leading independent animators - Don Hertzfeldt, Mike Judge, Bill Plympton, Joanna Quinn and Pes! There’s an enormous array of great animation that’s rarely seen in the United States. We hope this formative new DVD series will continue to bring more artists and unseen classics into the spotlight for many years to come…

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For those who missed Mike Judge and Doug Hertzfeldt's semi-annual Animation Show when it visited their local theater, here's another collection of the best and most imaginative animated shorts culled from the screenings. As with previous volumes, there's a wide variety of animation styles on display in Volume 3, from CGI ("No Room For Gerold," about quarreling animal roommates) and 2-D ("Tyger," based on a poem by William Blake, and featuring puppet work with animation) to live action/animation blends ("Carlitopolis") and one-dimensional work (Hertzfeldt's affecting "Everything Will Be Okay," about its line drawing protagonist's struggles with mental illness). Subject matter is equally diverse, from the wryly comic "Astronauts" and Bill Plympton's "Guide Dog" (a sequel to his "Guard Dog") to the atmospheric "Tyger" and the noir-influenced "Shuteye Hotel." Judge himself contributes an intro courtesy his malcontent alter egos of Beavis and Butthead; the package includes cnversations with several of the filmmakers about their shorts, as well as text interviews with all 11 filmmakers, which can be viewed in PDF format through the viewer's DVD-ROM. Trailers and previews for other MTV programs and previous volumes of The Animation Show round out the extras. -- Paul Gaita

Special Features

  • Gaelle Denis interview
  • Max Hattler interview
  • "Abigail" animatic
  • Joanna Quinn interview
  • An introduction to MTV's The Maxx
  • Full-length text interviews with the artists

Product Details

  • Producers: Don Hertzfeldt, Mike Judge
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MTV
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012Z36DU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,771 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Animation Show Volume 3" on IMDb

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By Scott J. Smith on January 5, 2009
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I had the pleasure of seeing the third Animation Show in a theater last year and loved it. If you're a mature person who enjoys animation at all I highly recommend this DVD and the previous boxed set release of Vol 1 & 2. This is a chance to see a wide variety of animated shorts with different, styles, stories, & moods.
When most people think of animation they think of Looney Tunes type comedies and kids entertainment. The cartoons that are featured on these DVDs will give those people an idea of how varied animated storytelling can get.

Now the "BUT" ...
This DVD, like Vol 1 & 2, removes a few shorts that were shown in the theatrical presentation and adds ones that weren't.

This DVD release does not include
"9" by Shane Acker
"Overtime" by Oury Atlan, Thibaut Berland and Damien Ferrie
"Eaux Forte (Tidal Wave)" by Remi Chaye
"Davey and Son of Goliath" by Corky Quackenbush

Shorts added to the DVD are:
"Astronauts" by Matthew Walker
"Carlitopolis" by Nieto
"One D" by Mike Grimshaw
"Tyger" by Guilherme Marcondes
"Learn Self Defense" by Chris Harding
"Abigail" by Tony Comely
"Shuteye Hotel" by Bill Plympton

While it's great that they added some new material to the package, it's frustrating that anything was cut out. This is especially frustrating because they cut one of my favorite films in the program, Shane Acker's "9". The good news is "9" is being developed as a feature length film being released in September of this year, so I'm sure the short will be found on the DVD?/Blu-Ray release next year.

Even without the 4 missing films this is a tremendous value for any animation fan. I'm looking forward to the release of vol 4 (which I missed seeing in a theater, and I hope that they're planning a vol 5 for this fall.
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The Good Things
*Good video/sound quality.
*A very good collection of animated shorts from all over the world in different styles, moods, genres, and mediums. Each one is distinctive, artistic, and invoking in their own ways. They're all worthwhile watching.

The Bad Things
*Most shorts are not for kids due to language and violence (and some sexuality in "Dreams and Desires").
*The cover is a little misleading. There are no mutant lobsters or dive-bombing airplanes in any of the shorts (but it is an imaginative cover).

The Other Things
*Presented in fullscreen. Any widescreen shorts are letterboxed.
*Any shorts in a foreign language have English subtitles.

And here is the list of the short films themselves:
*Beavis and Butthead Introduction; it's short, dumb, and funny.
*"Rabbit," which appears to be a computer-animated film with no spoken words, but has words everywhere surrounding stuff. It's a funky style that's visually interesting. The story itself (about two kids who discover an idol that spawns jewels and stuff) is morbid and weird, but has a fairy-tale charm to it.
*"City Paradise," which appears to have real actors animated in weird ways. It's a funky artsy film that makes little sense, but is kind of slick. I couldn't even say what it's about; some Japanese lady moves to a big city and apparently swims to the core of the Earth.
*"Everything Will Be Okay," a bleak drama with stick figures, about a man who appears to have a neurological disorder and is about to die. Its long, but at times funny and emotional. Very strong themes about death.
*"Collision," which is just a very short burst of cool computer-generated stars and stuff.
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The Animation Show is back and just as good as ever! The mix of work here, both in terms of animation style and tone of the content is extraordinary. I have a personal soft spot for this volume of work because I was able to attend a screening in a theater of this particular line up. Without a doubt "Everything Will Be OK" is the stand out here but there isn't anything dull here. Even the least successful entries (of which there are few) are still visually interesting.
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As a stand alone release I would say its a great addition to any animation lovers collection. But it really doesn't compare to the first two volumes IMO. I felt some of the selections here were rather gimmicky. Kinda neat to look at but little substance. Also I would add theres alot of experimental and CGI animation going on here so people who love old school animation and stop motion will likely be a bit disappointed.
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Inevitably any collection of shorts, animated or otherwise will always be a bit of a mixed bag, and this set of 16 animated films, almost all under 10 minutes, is no exception. But series curators Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeld have made some great choices, and even the least of these films, if less than stellar, show imagination and creativity. None of them are familiar or by-the-numbers. And the best are freakin’ brilliant.

Leading the pack is Hertzfeld’s own “Everything Will Be OK”, the longest film in the program. In 17 minutes of mostly simple stick-figure animation, Hertzfeld takes the black comedy of death, and the sadness and lack of meaning of our day to day lives to make a film that will make you laugh, think, and even be moved. There are more ideas, laughs and emotion in this quarter of an hour than in the vast majority of full length features.

But there are plenty of highlights here, from the surreal fable ‘Rabbit’ that opens the program, eerily stealing imagery from ‘Dick and Jane’ readers to comment on greed, to the wonderfully goofy and funny abstractions of early computer games of “Game Over” that ends it. If you like creative and varied animation, this is well worth getting.
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