For those who are somewhat saddened by the apparent death of conventional animation at the hands of computerized graphics, here’s a ray of hope: Animatron, an animation film festival whose entries are free to watch online, is filled with shorts employing all sorts of animation techniques.
Procrastination, by Johnny Kelly, is emblematic of the quality and variety of most entries (and our favorite). Its aim—to define procrastination through example—is simple, yet the techniques it employs, from stop-motion and conventional animation to photography and to voice-over and sound effects, reveal a deeply satisfying intricacy and attention to detail. Our narrator, for instance, sports a charming Irish brogue and subtly alternates from sad to pensive to angry, as if he himself is caught in an endless spiral of self-imposed delay. All of this is rather humorous in the funny-because-it’s-true sense, which, if you’re taking a break to watch this little masterpiece, it almost certainly is.
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