Nigel gives in to his friend’s innocent request… —milwaukee-film.org
Don Hertzfeldt (born August 1, 1976) is the creator of many short animated films, including the Academy-Award nominated Rejected and Everything Will Be OK. His animated films have received over one hundred and fifty awards and have been presented around the world. Before the age of thirty, his films were already the subject of several career retrospectives. He was the youngest director named in the “They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They” list of “The 100 Important Animation Directors” of all time, and in 2010 he received the San Francisco International Film Festival’s “Persistence of Vision” Lifetime Achievement Award at the age of 33.
The popularity of Hertzfeldt’s work is unprecedented in the history of independent animation and his films are frequently quoted and referenced in pop culture. In 2009, the Sundance Film Festival noted, “If cinephiles think shorts don’t generate the same sort of hype and fanbase as feature films, they obviously haven’t heard of Don Hertzfeldt.”
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The first short that could be considered 'generic Hertzfeldt'. It contains his fond surrealism, playfulness of absurd dialog and sound techniques meta-referencing the babel of dollar store subtitling, and repetition humor as normalization of the bizarre, but nevertheless is as simple and basic as all those techniques get without that one little "WTF?!" factor he's usually better at. --PolarisDiB