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“In the Pig, Everything is Good” by Iris Alexandre

Unexpectedly thought-provoking and beautiful in its own way, In the Pig, Everything is Good (Dans le cochon, tout est bon) takes advantage of the unconventional narrative possibilities available to the animated filmmaker.

Made by Iris Alexandre as a graduation film at the Belgian school La Cambre: Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts visuels.

  • Jay Sabicer

    I know it’s French, but they forgot the fried pork rinds. A little shocking, with the live-action stunning/slaughtering, but I understand it’s part of the process. Overall, I enjoyed every part of this short, animated whimsy that probably offends vegans/vegetarians.

    Who’s hungry?

    • Jay Sabicer

      My error, it’s Belgian. And to those expressing outrage to the treatment of the lead character, it could’ve been much worse, trust me. To the brewmasters: any ‘making of’ videos available or on the horizon?

  • frankj

    What the heck?!

    Why was there no label on this saying it might be disturbing?! That was very very upsetting. I check cartoonbrew usually at least twice a day but that just freaked me out. I check this site cause i love animation, it’s a nice break from reality. Seriously if there had just been a small note on that saying there was animal cruelty I would have never clicked play. That just ruined my day, I think I’m done with this site, certainly at least amid’s posts.

    • amid

      If Iris’s film provoked this reaction from you, then that means she’s doing her job as a filmmaker. Animation is an art form, and good art pushes personal boundaries and make us question the world around us. Saying “animation is a nice break from reality” is an insult to every artist who uses the medium to reveal deeper truths.

      • frankj

        My comment in no way was meant to be insulting to animators. My negative comments were directed towards you, for not labeling that film as containing violence that may be upsetting to some viewers, not at the film or animator herself. You could have very sensitive viewers or very young viewers who (even if they love animation) might not be in the mood or state of mind to view certain disturbing images, that could be greatly helped with a simple label.

        On your post “A Documentary about Alberto Mielgo”, you wrote “it’s probably NSFW”, which was a nice heads up. Do you believe nudity is more disturbing and worth labeling than violence or animal cruelty?

      • amid

        We label nudity as NSFW because readers who work in overprotective office environments can be fired for viewing such material. Piggies dying don’t result in job terminations.

        Everything is potentially offensive to somebody. There are plenty of subject matters in your average art museum that are offensive, but one goes to a museum with the knowledge that they’re going to be challenged by art. Animation is no different, and Cartoon Brew is a site that treats animation as an art form. Most of our viewers are sophisticated and mature, and they know how to process visual imagery in an artistic context.

      • frankj

        Art exhibits and museums often warn visitors they contain potentially offensive material. One of the best ones I’ve ever been to, the “Bodies exhibit” in NY not only had warnings outside the exhibit, there was also a whole section within the exhibit you could bypass if you were easily offended. For arguments sake you can say “everything” can be offensive, however it’s fairly easy to understand how someone can be offended by violence that results in the death of an animal. If I watched that video at my work, I would certainly be in trouble. It doesn’t demean the art or say anything about animation to give a simple warning such as NSFW or “potentially offensive”, it’s simply considerate to the viewer. Several other of your readers have also commented suggesting some kind of a warning. If your too apposed to label videos containing gratuitous violence in the future I’ll just try to judge from the screen cap and the comments.

    • MrGruff

      I’m with Frank.

      It was surprising and unexpected seeing the live action pig slaughter. Especially to us in the USA where we pretend our meat doesn’t come from animals. (and like to keep our illusion that they die less painfully).

      And then some plain stop motion hopping around. Big deal. At least use the actual meat like Adam Jones and Fred Stuhr did in the Sober music video, instead of play-doh.

      So the weight of the short comes from something totally unrelated to animation, and that emotional strength comes from the act itself, having nothing to do with what the film maker did. (would you think the short as good if it cut from live action pig walking about, to live action pig already dead without showing the death blow and bleeding?)

      If it was a short about Vietnam, and there was live action footage of people getting executed, you would have included a warning.

  • With a response like that it seems like someone just crossed the line from animator to filmmaker. Nice.

    A warning would be justified though.

  • euro

    Please label a small warning for those of us sensitive to animal slaughtering.

  • Mike

    That was shocking but beautiful at the same time.
    Please label a small warning that says if you’re not sensitive to animal slaughtering, to please seek psychological help.

  • alan

    I dont know whether to feel horrified or hungry!

    Really amazing piece of work! Photography and pacing were spot on. Would be great to see a making off.

  • Rajesh

    The first minute and a half makes me want to be a vegetarian. Then I saw the rest of it. Conflicting indeed. Well done.

    • I think that exactly is why this film is good. The in your face live action slaughter juxtaposed with the delicate, tender animation of the meat being prepared then bookended by the live action full feast make for a powerful work.
      Was the live footage graphic? Oh yes. Should Amid have been required to post a warning? No. It would have cheapened the film and been a disservice to the filmmaker.

  • KitKat

    At first I winced at the slaughtering of the pig and the way it gets chopped into bits, but then I saw how much food comes out of one pig, and how good it looks when its all packaged and nice, and by the end of the film I forgave the butcher and was reminded how great meat is (I’m so sorry, vegetarians). Conflicting, yes.

  • I agree with MrGruff that franj’s reaction was probably to the live action footage. If that section, the same action, had been depicted with clay animation, I bet he would have been far less disturbed. (though there still would have been the sound)
    I don’t want folks to use see animation only as “a nice break from reality” But in this case it wasn’t animation that conveyed the most upsetting part of the film. It was documentary live action.

  • Celia

    Meat eaters love to complain when they’re reminded of where their food comes from. Either deal with it or go vegetarian.

    Ignorance has no home in good filmmaking. Don’t like the truth? Watch the Smurfs.

  • Vzk

    Yummy. ;)

  • Kevin Williams

    Unbelievable that there wasn’t a warning for graphic violence. I’m generally not opposed to it, but I would expect a website like cartoon brew to put a warning the same way they would for other content.

    I had to shut it off 15 seconds in because of where I work. I’m sure it’s perfectly appropriate viewing at butcher shops.