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Monday, 2 April 2012

Paul Driessen "The Water People" (1992)

The little Dutch boy sticks his finger into the dyke to let the water in. The Water People will not be to all tastes. For starters they may not understand it and, in truth, it's not meant to add up, except in the idiosyncratic world that Dutch animator, Paul Driessen, conjures up, with its very own normality. Thus the family sit down to lunch, only their upper torsos visible out of the water. When the toast pops up we venture beneath the surface and there is the child, submerged, enjoying breakfast, stealing the jam. It's a half water world, for it reaches only five feet in height and after the washing is hung out to dry, it is placed on a bed under the water. Umbrellas for rain, wiping away the perspiration, and watering the plants: there's an absurd logic in the world of the water people. The citizens enjoy their world, apart from the lone shark that occasionally pops up for lunch and even this occasions no sense of panic, just a fin and sudden disappearance. There's elements of two traditional children's stories. We've had one. There's a king who hates water and has all the girls lined up to kiss the frog in the belief that it will be a prince. And the two huge holiday makers whose existence threatens this sweet, alternative universe, particularly given the connivance of the monarch who enlists them to his cause. I last wrote about Paul's work in September 2008. For some semblance of biography go there. And note that the YouTube film has no comments - like my blog. And like my blog, it's lovely. Ha.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I assume people just watch things you post silently. At least I do (and I love Paul Driessen).

Anonymous said...

Agreed, this blog is wonderful...have been a consistent (if silent) reader for a long time. Keep up the good work!

Ian Lumsden said...

Thanks for the plaudits. The tag at the end of blog about the lack of comments was a touch of humour that seemed to follow on from my observations about the animation. If I was writing into a vacuum I'd be concerned but the number of followers, and page views of between 1000 to 1650 hits every day bolster me up. And I enjoy the research and writing. A "wonderful" blog ... I like that.

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