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Thursday, 8 January 2009

Konstantin Bronzit "Switchcraft"





Konstantin Bronzit’s Switchcraft was made in 1994, but as with great wines it improves with age. If you inhabit the northern hemisphere and require a winter pick-me up, you will laugh aloud to this comic gem. The scenario is simple. Our hero retires to bed but before switching off the light notices there is a mouse hole in his wall. His already sleeping cat is oblivious of the fact. Much merriment and indeed mayhem ensues as the cat’s owner attempts to force his reluctant pet to do its job and kill the beast. When the hole in the wall becomes a trifle larger due to the escalating nature of the threat, desperate measures are called for that places both cat and owner at great risk. There are so many features of the movie that I love. The artwork might be described as typical cartoon in a pared down setting. The humour is sharply realised as one waits expectantly for the next manoeuvre of man, cat or rodent, each occurrence more unexpected and bizarre than the next: a bomb is taken from the linen chest, the man/bed/cat are dragged through wall into the moonlight, the cat is strapped to the trap. Marvellous humour. Konstantin's innovative approach to the movie works beautifully too as the credits are extended throughout the eight minutes of the movie, the shocking events unfolding in the dark at the trigger of a switch, and the figures materialising or dematerialising like a puff of cloud to appear or reappear by hole or bed. To repeat - an absolute gem of a movie from a remarkably talented animator.

1 comment:

Michael Sporn said...

Bronzit's recent short film, Lavatory-Lovestory, is one of the eight films on the Oscar short list. It's one of only two hand drawn films up against six cgi shorts. Hopefully it'll be nominated.