"WreckGar" <***@comcast.net> wrote in message news:VcudnadgKIKujTfeRVnfirstname.lastname@example.org...
| The 12 ounce mouse show (no offense to anybody else) in my own opinion is
| not done well. I know they're trying to do the internet silly type humor
| that people love in the Strong Bad type cartoons , or the other goofy
| cartoons. But they just don't do it right. Even the internet cartoons
| this sort of stupid humor seem better produced compared to 12 ounce mouse.
| By the way, there was an internet cartoon that was picked up by some snack
| food company. . . it was the cartoon/group of people that made that one
| cartoon with all the goofy ads . . and in one cartoon their world started
| get destroyed . . in one clip you see one of the cartoons pounding on the
| animation cell to get out. Man I can't remember the name of it at all . .
| Rejected Cartoons I think. . .
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An awkward moment from Rejected.
An awkward moment from Rejected.
Rejected is a 2000 animated short comedy film by animator Don Hertzfeldt,
which was nominated for a 2001 Academy Award for Best Short Film, Animated.
It has won awards from several film festivals, including a 2001 Jury Award
for Best Short at the Newport International Film Festival and a 2001
Festival Award for Best Animation at the New York Underground Film Festival.
The film is also recognized on a mural in front of Mead Hall at Pitzer
College in Claremont, CA.
Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.
The film purports to tell the story of the progressive breakdown of its
animator, Don Hertzfeldt. The frame narrative is told in short text passages
printed on the screen, starting with Hertzfeldt being commissioned by the
"Family Learning Channel" (a fictional cable channel) to produce animated
program bumpers and commercial spots. All of the spots he produced, the text
informs us, were reviewed by the client and promptly rejected, and as we
watch the spots themselves, we quickly see why: the antics of the
balloon-figures and stick figures range from mere head-scratching
non-sequiturs to exaggerated sequences of violence and mutilationcontrasted
not only with the cartoony style of the animation, but with the cheery music
that accompanies each spot's reminder that "You're watching the Family
The text screens then inform us that Hertzfeldt received another commission,
from the (fictional) "Johnson & Mills", to produce animated commercials for
their products, and like the previous spots, these were all reviewed and
immediately rejected. The reasons why are even clearer in these spots; the
bizarre illogic, the tastelessness, and the themes of mutilation and
violence are even more pronounced, culminating in a sequence where a
"puffball" figure, after exhorting his fellow cheering puffballs
"Every-body... dance!!", notices that his anus is bleeding, announces this
fact repeatedly, growing louder and shriller, and by the end of the sequence
is literally drowning in his own blood.
The text screens return and begin the build-up to the final sequences of the
film; we are told that Hertzfeldt began to break down, either from the
repeated rejection or from the loss of individuality in the corporate world,
and shortly we see the characters who have appeared in Hertzfeldt's spots
and commercials panicking as their world, the paper world of the animator's
page, suffers an apocalypse: the puffball figures run in terror as the
"Family Learning Channel" logo crashes down from the sky and the crushing
letters rain down on them; howling winds sweep a talking banana through a
hole in the page into the void; the page dents outward towards the camera as
stick figures pound on the fourth wall trying to get out. The camera finally
freezes on a balloon figure staring as the page crumples around him,
screaming as his world comes to an end.
Spoilers end here.
The film was a popular target for bootlegs, much to Hertzfeldt's dismay. A
DVD was created to fix that problem, which is now available for purchase at
the Bitter Films website.
Although Hertzfeldt did not actually do any commercial work, he received a
lot of offers to do commercials after his short Billy's Balloon garnered
international attention and acclaim. In public appearances, he usually tells
the story that he wished he could just make a cheap, nonsensical animation
to hand to the people intending to hire him, and run away with the money.
Eventually this became the germ for Rejected's theme of a collection of
cartoons so bad they were rejected by advertising agencies, leading to their
creator's breakdown and, presumably, his demise.
* Rejected at the Internet Movie Database
* Bitter Films Home Page
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