Trailer for Rosto’s “The Monster of Nix”

An intriguing trailer for The Monster of Nix, a new half-hour animated short by Dutch director Rosto (Jona/Tomberry). He describes the short, which debuted in Annecy last month, as an “existentialist musical fairytale.” Rosto composed the music himself and wrote on his website that, “A major source of inspiration has been Disney’s Silly Symphonies from the Thirties.” Tom Waits and Terry Gilliam provide voices. More info at MonsterofNix.com.


  • http://beesbuzz.biz/ fluffy

    This looks like it has a nice story, but there is something I just have to know: Is there some stock library of human heads or a specific design style that has been foisted on CG animators? It seems like nearly every independent or small-budget CG short has this same design style which looks like overly-carved plastic heads. It’s like everything’s been aping this one style and never moving on.

    • DonaldC

      Mostly, it’s just easier to give a CG head the carved look.

    • Jason

      It’s a look that new modelers tend to achieve in 3d before getting experienced in the nuance of sculpting.

      • Iritscen

        I don’t agree that the carved look is a mark of “rookie” modelers. It’s just as easy to smooth out the shapes in the face as to leave them starkly defined. I think it’s a conscious choice in order to give the faces character (and some creepiness). Just another form of caricature — and we all already know why caricature is a desirable style to apply in any form of animation.

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com Frank Panucci

    It looks nicely scary.
    The repulsive little lead character helps. Wow, he’s ugly.
    Is this motion capture?
    The mask-like heads give it a TINTIN trailer feel.

  • Christopher Smigliano

    Kinda reminds me of Jim Henson’s work in LABYRINTH. The characters look more puppeteered than animated to me..

  • Baron Lego

    Weird… is it just me or does the lead character look like an actress wearing an oversized head mask with an animated face?

    • http://Ohtheumanityplz.deviantart.com Minespatch

      It is. Rosto tend to use actors while the faces are digital. See Jona/Tomberry for the use there.

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com Frank Panucci

    I just noticed – Tom Waits and The Residents?
    Okay, I’m even more interested…

    • Michael F.

      I’m kinda curious about what the Residents are doing there too. I don’t think we even know the identities of these people.

      • http://www.frankpanucci.com Frank Panucci

        The identities of THE RESIDENTS are a deeply-guarded secret, the nebulous and changing specifics of which can only be discovered by using the internet for five minutes

  • Warhead

    Tom Waits is appropriately terrifying as the villain.

  • wgan

    the animation is more interesting to me than anything else,it looks natural in a strange way, like real human dress in costume.

  • http://www.gabrielaronson.com Gabriel Aronson

    I feel like this involved actors in giant, body-shape-changing costumes, with CG heads comped in.

  • http://www.boumerie.com Boum

    I saw it in Annecy. The characters do look like they have CG heads pasted onto live bodies… I personally found the film too long and predictable, and all the hype around it was kind of annoying. Nice backgrounds, though.

  • http://wingingitstudios.deviantart.com/ Alissa

    Pretty, and at least the characters are supposed to be creepy (I think). Loved the griffon monster at the end.

  • Morgan

    Saw it in Annecy too. Didn’t care for it much. The lead is just too repulsive. The monsters look really cool, though.

    These are indeed CG heads composited onto real actor’s bodies. This isn’t always done well, sometimes they look like they are floating in front of the backgrounds.

    The worst part is the music (instrumental). It’s mixed way too loud. Very hard to hear the singing and the dialogue, which just takes away from the viewing experience. Hard to enjoy if you can’t properly follow the story. Had they given this a proper soundmix, the movie would’ve been much better.

  • http://animationreview.wordpress.com/ Gijs Grob

    I’ve seen Rosto A.D.’s film at The Dutch Film Festival and I think it is a delight. One has something to wonder at, to marvel at in ca. every frame. I didn’t care too much for the music, which is erratic, despite some beautiful themes and ideas. And the story is, like in other Rosto A.D.’s films a little too self-consciousness to really entertain. But it’s well-told, resulting in a film without a dull moment, and with lots of images and ideas to enjoy.

    To me this film proves that Rosto A.D. is one of The Netherlands’ most interesting and certainly one of its most virtuoso animation film makers. Strongly recommended.