This film is the text-book definition of "over-staying ones welcome". The opening was good, and the first 2-3 minutes were great -- even brilliant -- but after that, it became repetitive. Too goddamn repetitive and boring.
Some really fantastic imagery of the universe mixed with some really simplistic/rudimentary animation. It's great that it's all done by hand but I wished some of the more basic stuff with the people would have been handled in a different, more interesting way. But overall, it's not bad at all!
"By the end of 2002, the entire finished crowd sequence amounted to a relatively modestly-sized but frighteningly irreplaceable stack of paper that was stored in a fireproof safe. At one point near the sequence's completion it was considered perfectly logical to store the fireproof safe inside of a larger fireproof safe."
It's what would happen if your high school doodle booklet came too life, a fun idea but it's why the film looses the little tension it had towards the end, becoming boring. Animation is fun at and the film it self is great to look at, although the sound is continuously chaotic and becomes annoying.
Surprised to see so many negative comments for the title. But then again, I expect something like this not to mesh well with some folks. It does however make for some funny reading, especially those who go out of their way to criticize it like its an Avant-garde film, casting their elite opinions in such a snobby way. The view must be grand from your ivory towers! Indulge us with your overwhelming knowledge of film!
Maybe mr. Hertzfeldt should have used a computer. And invest a few of those four (!) years to concentrate on a good story. And then animating this rather simple piece in a few months on a low-cost computer afterwards. After seeing Rapunzel in 3D it's like looking at relics of the past: nice, but obviously extinct. Replaced by something better. And THAT's the meaning of life.