I knew when I found out Canadian filmmaker Matthew Rankin was creating a surreal short about Nikola Tesla that I would be picking his fertile brain, about a brainiac who was way ahead of his time. It didn’t take long before we were over at Cartoon Brew discussing free energy, bird love, and why dystopians are ascendant in the sixth mass extinction.
The debut trailer of Cartoon Saloon’s newest animated exploration has come at last.
An international collaboration directed by the gifted Nora Twomey, who I’ll interview later this year, and co-produced by Angelina Jolie, whom you may have heard of, The Breadwinner examines the terror and terraformation of Afghanistan through a gender-fluid prism quite rare for animation.
Al Gore once famously asked, “Well, what can you do?”
The Amazon’s lethal, exponential extractivism comes fearsomely into focus
Like his Oscar-nominated feature debut The Secret of Kells, his new stunner Song of the Sea is steeped in regional folklore but still a universal wonder. But it is a more personal epic, about the extinction of mythological seal people called Selkies, as explored through a lighthouse family riven by loss and misunderstanding but healed by history and magic.
The movie took cyberfiction staples like those found in William Gibson’s Sprawl trilogy and mashed them together with anime, wire-fu, postmodernism, metaphysics, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Jean Baudrillard’s Simulacra and Simulations, and a torrent of other texts and contexts.