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Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?

In the toon documentary "Is the Man Who Is Tail Happy?" conversations between helmer Michel Gondry and philosopher/ linguist/political activist Noam Chomsky become very animated indeed, as the director's rapidly moving pencil adapts Chomsky's discourse--and Gondry's own reactions to it--into images. Using a deliberately doodle-y, childish drawing style, Gondry frees up the relationship between a word and what it represents, either by transforming turns of phrase into absurdly literal visual gags or by making freeform associations that illustrate Chomsky's central ideas about language. Simultaneously lighthearted and thought-provoking, this felicitous meeting of minds should attract fans of both men.

DIRECTOR: Michel Gondry

WITH: Noam Chomsky, Michel Gondry

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Author:Scheib, Ronnie
Publication:Variety
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Nov 26, 2013
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