The handmade animations are really hypnotizing, especially once the human shapes start to take form. It's worth mentioning how much work goes into a project like this, even if it's only five minutes long. Honestly, I didn't pay attention to the lyrics whatsoever, but I enjoyed the harmony as it accompanied the moving images.
CURSES is an enlightened and fun reimagining of two souls dancing in tandem. The swirling colors and high contrast color relationships working alongside the two characters loving movements only accentuate the beauty of the dance sequence, which alone is breathtaking. The Intro & Outro scenes outside of the dance number are showing of great attention detail and great care. A must watch for all!
Fabulous work though I feel like a cad for liking the song more than the animation. The video works though, retro forward as it is. The progression to the Singing in the Rain sequence is masterfully done as is the dance sequence itself. 3.5 stars
The Roommates are sure lucky to have Jodie Mack animating their uninspiring song. I liked the initial abstract part, especially as some of the paper pieces looked like bacon. The Broadway Melody Ballet is one of the most gorgeous dance scenes ever filmed, and I didn't find the marbleized paper so effective as a fill for the bodies of Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse. Needed something much more fluid.
The piece produces more beautiful stills than it does animation – and they are beautiful stills – partly because of its awkwardly low frame rate, but also because the first half is abstracted to the point of cheap sound visualization. Mack's use of rotoscoping also seems less like an aesthetic choice and more like a crutch on which she leaned for formal and narrative value.
Moments of gold, moments of bland. Very excited to see Mubi showing pieces like this, this is the reason I subscribe. Enjoyed it, but found I had to force myself to watch the hole thing. Still happy to have seen. If you like this, look up Len Lye and Oskar Fischinger for some old school gold.