Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Me and My Arrow

During his long battle with cancer I gave my father two CDs, both sort of reflections on death. One was The Last Days of Wonder, the other Fox Confessor Brings the Flood.

Maybe that's why the only song on Neko Case's new album, Middle Cyclone, which has any appeal to me is the Nilsson cover, "Don't Forget Me" -a sad comedy, a fortune cookie.

Somewhere, there's an alternate animation history in which Nilsson's The Point is not forgotten. It's the first animated feature produced for television. Only one animator, Fred Wolf, is credited (with two additional animators).

The style is typical 1970s animation design -like so many Electric Company shorts. Nice enough, but I can't help but wonder what Hubley would've done with it.

Regardless, the music is what makes the film. The music and the "soul" of the picture.

While some consider the 70s a duldrum for animation; films like this, Heavy Traffic, Hubley's Carousel, Richard Williams' Christmas Carol suggest a path -or many paths -that the artform could take.

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