Extaordinarily detailed and beautifully drawn animation of a bizarre and surreal world; the domestic life of a fat man, his wife, a sort of oversized obese chicken, and their child/pet, a slug-like creature with a human head. This expressionistic and interior vision of Soviet animator Kovalyov is like an animated Eraserhead. —GWC
Igor Kovalyov (Russia) is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker, designer, animator and director. His short films Andrei Svislotski, Hen, His Wife, Bird in the Window and Flying Nansen have received numerous awards and accolades. His work is characterised by a vivid, deeply personal imagination and a profusion of graphic detail. It is often slightly melancholy or alienating and pervaded with a dark psychological suspense. But he also tacks effortlessly between drama and comedy.
Kovalyov was the co-founder of Moscow’s legendary Pilot School of Animation. In 1991, Kovalyov accepted an invitation to work at Klasky Csupo’s studio in Hollywood. In his time there, Kovalyov co-directed Klasky Csupo’s first feature film, The Rugrats Movie and has directed the television series, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters as well as episodes of Duckman and Rugrats, commercials and internet shorts. —HAFF