Saturday Morning Cartoons with Eros and Thanatos

by Wanda Waterman The Voice, Volume 22 Issue 44 2014-11-07 Film: Eight Animazing Short Stories “Love and death are the two great hinges on which all human sympathies turn.” – B.R. Hayden These international animated shorts, winners of the first ever AniMazing Spotlight competition, have some common elements. There’s no dialogue in any of them, for one thing, which makes them watchable in any country, and the themes are universal. The films were judged for uniqueness, quality of narrative, character, animation, ingenuity, sound, and, yes, the message. The judges are from all over the world and come from very different … Continue reading Saturday Morning Cartoons with Eros and Thanatos

Big Men, Big Planes, and Big Dreams of Plenty

by Wanda Waterman Voice Magazine, Volume 22 Issue 43 2014-10-31 Film: Cargo Cult Director: Bastien Dubois “The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich.” – John Berger “Avarice is fear sheathed in gold.” – Paul Eldridge This animated short film is set during World War II, and touches on how a native of Papua New Guinea might view the spectacular plenty of the Americans and the Japanese as it … Continue reading Big Men, Big Planes, and Big Dreams of Plenty