Monday, November 1, 2010

Monday Morning Movie Titles

It's not exactly macabre, maybe more fitting for All Saints Day -as screenwriter Paul Bartel should be known as the patron saint of slightly off-kilter independent film: the title sequence to "Mortuary Academy".

Paul Bartel -author of gems like "Death Race", "Cannonball", "Private Parts" and "Eating Raoul" -had a childhood dream to be an animator.  He even worked the summer at UPA when he was barely a teenager.

There's a fun cartoonishness to his films.  I wonder how his sensibility would have translated to Bakshi-inspired 1970s animation.

First time through watching these titles, I thought they were a lot of fun. The Beach Boys help. After learning they were produced by Klasky-Csupo they lost a little charm. The low-fi, punk vibe looses some luster in the hands of seasoned pros. This was, however, almost a decade prior (1988) to Rugrats so attitudes should be properly adjusted.

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