Watching the series “was the first time that it really became clear to me what a director does,” says Chung.
The Animation That Changed Me
“There was a magical quality in it: it’s more like little dolls that were coming to life,” says Park of the classic British stop-motion series.
“Tout était nouveau pour moi, dans ce film,” dit Laudenbach.
“Everything in this film was new to me,” says Laudenbach.
“The more you expand your own emotional journey through life, the more the movie gives back to you,” says Desrumaux.
“It was a film by a woman, featuring a woman who was talking about very un-cartoony topics,” says Furniss of Joanna Priestley’s 1985 short. “I’d never seen anything like it.”
“Here was an insanely beautiful film that was about me!” says Hulsing. “About the pain and depression and craziness that I felt.”
Says Bollinger: “Witnessing Daffy Duck coming apart at the seams as his world was deconstructed in front of him … it was sheer genius!”
“To my eyes, this is a genuine work of theater,” says Jean.
“Je vois dans ce film un véritable travail dramaturgique,” dit Jean.
“The sprawling story seems to touch on almost every aspect of human life,” says Long. “I found it overwhelming and strangely addictive.”
“This film had everything for me: experimentation, creativity, visuals, sound, movement, rhythm, tempo, dynamics, pace, energy,” says Keukeleire.
“I just don’t think we’ll ever get something that game-changing in animation again,” says Louis of Katsuhiro Otomo’s cyberpunk classic.
Susan Young’s 1985 short is set during London’s famed Notting Hill Carnival. “The thing that really excited me was that she’d used animation to say something about society at that time,” says Quinn.
“I didn’t initially know that ‘Gatchaman’ was a Japanese production,” says Tindle, “but I could sense that it was different.”
“I wasn’t sure what the film was about,” says Clapin, “and that hardly mattered to me.”
“I have a kind of fascination with things that have gotten out of control,” says Kabuki. “It’s animalistic and erotic.”
In this new series, leading filmmakers and artists discuss works of animation that have had a formative influence on them.