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Genius Party Beyond
This follow-up to Genius Party features five more animated shorts in an anthology format animated by Studio 4C with different stories and themes depicted. Like my review on Genius Party, I'm ditching numerical ratings of the overall film and just offering quick thoughts on each short within the anthology:|
Last updated Monday, April 06 2020. Created Monday, April 06 2020.
Genius Party Beyond
More of the Studio 4C weirdness that we all have come to love and be bewildered by. In the spirit of the previous movie and their earlier Amazing Nuts! #1, these five shorts are music driven snippets paired with absolutely incredible anime. (remember - these are the people who animated Detroit Metal City (TV), the award winning Mind Game and Tekkon Kinkreet)|
Dimension Bomb - 19min
Nineteen minutes of throbbing trance music paired with incredible animation. Very abstract, very surreal, very intense. My take on it would be a story of opposites - Alien ∞ human, real ∞ unreal, city ∞ country, love ∞ hate, summer ∞ winter, boy ∞ girl.
Gala - 14min
This one is my favorite of all these tales. A giant orb falls on a magical village, destroying part of the countryside. At first the various local people try to attack the intruding object, with no success. But their efforts seem to have awoken it and the shell cracks, sending out tendrils that shoot through the forest. An elder summons three of the villagers: a boy, a girl and a giant cat, and tells them that the object must be calmed with music. And so their serenade begins.
MoonDrive - 14min
A weird little ↗keystone cops tale - slapstick comedy, goofy humor and very odd characters. Four loser-wannabes tired of hanging out in their favorite bar, decide to set off on a quest for riches and fame by following a cryptic treasure map. Much hilarity ensues in their comic adventure.
Toujin Kit - 14min
Great animation, stunning visuals and a strange storyline. A girl raises stuffed animals in her little apartment, but her actions have come to the attention of local police who understand what she is really doing and they are determined to stop her.
Wanma the Dog - 13min
Goofy childish crayon and crapepaper-like images. This one totally lost me and lost my interest. A boy goes on a strange dream quest searching for his dog.
Last updated Monday, June 08 2009. Created Sunday, June 07 2009.