5 Stars
Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 10 minutes
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Stick figure animations are executed by no one better on the planet than filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt. His work has been part of the [ Sick and Twisted Animation Festival ] and he continues to make audiences laugh until they have trouble breathing with his bizarre looks at life. “Rejected” is no different.
A title card informs us that we are about to see a compilation of advertisements that were rejected by “The Family Learning Channel.” What follows is some of the most twisted shit ever. Each ad is a quick 15 to 30 seconds ending in the phrase, “You are watching the Family Learning Channel.” The first bit shows a stick figure with a dilemma — stuck holding a giant spoon that is too big to fit into his cereal bowl. He repeats over and over “My spoon is too big.” Quick cut to: You are watching the Family Learning Channel. Next we see a bunch of stick figures wearing hats next to a sign that reads: Silly Hats Only. You are watching the Family Learning Channel. Then we see a stick figure yell loudly, “Angry ticks fire out of my nipples!!!” You are watching the Family Learning Channel. The best is a bunch of gleefully dancing stick figures. Suddenly one proclaims, “My anus is bleeding.” Yes, indeed, blood is pouring from his ass. “My anus is bleeding!!!” The other stick figures dance, the one stick figure’s butt continues to shoot out blood at an alarming rate. Now swimming in a sea of blood, the stick figure screams, “FOR THE LOVE OF GOD AND ALL THAT IS HOLY, MY ANUS IS BLEEDING!!!!!!!!!!” You are watching the Family Learning Channel.
I can describe it all day, but you need to experience the pure joy that is “Rejected.” Hertzfeldt continues to shock the hell out of us while we laugh our asses off.

Posted on June 17, 2001 in Reviews by

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