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."
Despite being a bit pretentious at times, The Meaning Of Life manages to say a lot in it's 11 minute runtime. It's surreal and probably the best animation Don has ever put out from a technical standpoint. This is one of those pieces that skirts the line between brilliantly symbolic and eye rollingly obtuse. I think it stays almost exclusively on the brilliant side, but your mileage may vary.
The slip in the abyss is paid with a continuous glide to the abnormal part of the body. This experience is as much physical as psychological, and in the end you see that there is transformation. Always. That's all life is. Perception of the frenzyness simple everyday life mingled with the philosophical part that confronts us in the corners of our own existence. Provide a balance for yourself. Live.
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.