2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 7 minutes
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This short from Australia’s SLAG (Southern Ladies Animation Group) takes real recordings of refugee children held in detention and puts them in the mouths of animated birds. The film mixes exquisite three-dimensional puppet animation with more experimental hand-drawn depictions.

Obviously, we’re a long way from Aardman’s “Creature Comforts” here, but the film’s slow pacing and excessive experimentalism obscures the poignant subject matter. A simpler, clearer approach might have yielded better results.

Posted on January 29, 2005 in Reviews by

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