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Friday, March 11, 2011


This time at La Bloga, Chicanonautica is a short, sweet presentation of Matatoro, a cartoon that is also the best film about bullfighting I have ever seen.

Cartoons have helped me through these stressful times. Here's some of my favorites:

The Snow Man is titled and packaged like a Christmas story. It is not. It's more like a kiddie horror film. It has a plot similar to the song Frosty the Snowman, with overtones of Frankenstein, only it predates the song by almost two decades.

My friend Misha Nogha recognized the Snow Man as a Windigo, “a huge white ice skeleton and not matter how much he consumed he was always hungry for more,” that plagued her Cree ancestors.

The Sunshine Makers gets weird in warmer weather. A milk company commissioned it to get kids to drink more of their product. It suggests that milk is solar-powered, and has psychoactive, mood-elevating effects, and comes off like a collaboration between J.R.R. Tolkien and Philip K. Dick.

Both The Snow Man and The Sunshine Makers were directed by Ted Eshbaugh, a master bring myth into a modern medium.

In The Big Snit, Richard Condie brings us closer to modern apocalyptic times. The end of the world was never so funny, and it always gives me a warm feeling, and a smile.

I've got a feeling I'm going to need more of this stuff. I'll keep sharing it here.

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