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Abandon Bob Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here.

2000, 7m, prod Quickdraw Animation Society, d Kevin Kurytnik

Merging Dante with Disney, Gustav Dore with Dagwood Bumstead, John Milton with Garfield the Cat, Kevin Kurytnik's divine comedic satire offers both a virtuoso performance of visual pastiche and a penetrating critique of cultural history. As Dante and his guide Virgie (a nearly featureless anthropomorphic squirrel) travel through the detritus of high and low culture, they encounter all manner of bizarre and troubling images from animation history. Their mock heroic pilgrimage also features an "Acolyte of Satan pitching another mediocre Christmas special." While this incredible journey takes place, Kurytnik's film itself appears as if it is about to implode, as its images and sounds are riven with the "rain" and grain of a battered old print. The film's style consists of scratchy storms of visual and aural static worthy of Guy Maddin or, more precisely, Japanese animator Ozamu Tezuka's brilliantly precarious masterpiece, Broken Down Film. Witty and withering in its assessment of the commercialization of the ima gination, Abandon Bob Hope gives postmodernism a good name.
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Title Annotation:Review
Author:MCSORLEY, TOM
Publication:Take One
Article Type:Movie Review
Date:Jul 1, 2001
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