Saturday, 28 February 2009

Vera Myakisheva "Stock Farm"

I seem to use the word charming or enchanting a lot of late. Well there is nothing of this quality in Russian director Vera Myakisheva’s Stock Farm (2007). Perhaps the music fits the bill though its euphonious qualities disappear quickly enough. Vera explores the sad possibilities of breeding animals for their meat by mixing up the genes. A series of pig, cow and hen all succumb to the various weird machines that squash and squeeze the animals into their constituent parts and then some. A mix of CGI and stop motion is used and I confess the awkward movements of the animals surprised me initially. Suddenly the smoothly animated factory equipment appears, the incongruous beasts are placed in a context and the satire is revealed. Then the sausage machine churns out little piglets, surprisingly as I had been expecting ... sausages and there's a rather superb mechanical crocodile. Legs get mixed up in the various animals and the whole menagerie concludes as a succulent tin of well branded pineapples. Never trust labels. Hasn't the cow got a sad eye? Don't get too attached. I know nothing whatsover of the director save for a carnival snap of her with the remarkable Ivan Maximov looking suitably festive. I do know however that Vera has a softer side to her nature as will be revealed shortly The link is to pavlovich74 a YouTuber with a deep resource of Russian movies and knowledge of them.


Paulo A. Pereira said...

For Classical animators I'm seeling my Richard Williams book up on ebay. I actually bought one signed by him recently so I'm selling my other one.

If you don't know who Richard William's is look him up,(how can you be into animation and not know who he is)

Ian Lumsden said...

Very good, Paolo, a first. Selling a book on ebay on my blog. Good luck to you. I have a copy of Richard's book already. It is good for experienced animators who have good drawing skills and want to avail themselves of expert knowledge and templates. I am due to post the first of a series of book reviews having received of late various freebies for review purposes. (Ellen Besen's "Animation Unleashed" is the first.) Sadly I paid far more than your initial $12 for "The Animator's Survival Kit". As I say, for the experienced animator as suggested in your description. And I do not have the "OneTV Cutoff 12 Field Guide".