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Review: The best of the Ottawa International Animation Film Festival

Canadian animations
By PEG ALOI  |  January 24, 2012
3.0 3.0 Stars

Ottawa Film Fest

The Canadians produce the best animation programs and prove it again with this international selection. The highlights include Québécois Frédérick Tremblay's White Strawberries — imagine the bunnies from David Lynch's Inland Empire cast in a gothic apocalypse made of grey papier maché. From Japan, Japanese animator Atsushi Wada's The Mechanism of Spring is a watercolor fantasy of obese boys observing the cruel transformations of nature. Welshman Ben Cady's The Goat and the Well is a funny, dark parable of animal husbandry, while American Jason Carpenter's The Renter conjures a haunting memoir of rural daycare in pale paint. Eamonn O'Neill's I'm Fine, Thanks is a candy-colored psychotic meditation on urban survival. The finest piece in the program is Pjotr Sapegin's The Last Norwegian Troll, a claymation spectacle narrated by Max von Sydow.
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