This is very different from what I’ve usually covered here, and I was planning on writing about a very different animated film until I saw this Thursday night. But this is so very different and so very cool that I couldn’t ignore it.
Animator vs Animation IV by Alan Decker is, of course, the fourth film in this series, but the first I’ve seen. I thought about discussing the first one, but I like this one the most, and it’s the newest, so why cover ground that was covered long ago? So we’re going to talk about this awesome new film.
For me, the coolest part of this is its interactive quality. It’s not purely animation but it’s enough for me to want to discuss it here, at my little corner of the internet. As always, I encourage you to simply watch it, since that’s what this is really about.
It begins simply and innocently. An animator of stick figures is drawn away from his computer after drawing a new orange stick figure. And, of course, the stick figure comes to life, because what else would happen, yeah?
It gets me thinking about how beautiful and awesome creation is and how it lives beyond us. When you write a novel or make a film or painting or song, that art is part of you but it becomes a part of many others. I think of the art I love and how it’s changed me, even hundreds of years after its creator’s Death.
But this is more fun than that. It feels a little silly to talk about quite serious things when this film is about a stick figure fighting for the right to exist. And there’s a lot I could put into this. I could talk about how people, animals, machines, and ideas have the right to exist but those aren’t really what this is about. At least I don’t think it is.
This is about creating something awesome, something fun, something funny, something action packed and beautiful.
The animator returns to the original stick figure and its stick figure friends playing around, messing around, and just enjoying existence. The animator decides to end the mess they’ve made on his computer by ending their process, which feels a lot like annihilation.
This is something the orange stick figure simply can’t handle and so it fights against the animator. It causes chaos on his facebook wall, writing insults to the animator’s friends. The animator hustles to do damage control but the stick figure runs past its creator until it’s caught.
Then comes some awesome fighting. The animated stick figures dives into the animator’s phone, causing more chaos, and then divepunches back into the computer, which results in the animator completely losing control of the screen where the stick figure begins drawing its own creations. Beautifully drawn figures that come to life and find existence in the animator’s computer. And, man, the animator has some dazzling fast fingers! That’s maybe the most shocking thing to me here. He brings the mouse back online way faster than I can even understand, especially because I would’ve just done a hard reset because I don’t understand anything.
But there’s more than just the awesome fighting and interesting take on creation and creator. They become friends and an amusing story becomes a beautiful one, and the animator learns from the animated. They discuss their goals and their desires, and they find peace.
It’s just such a great little film. I love how they work together to draw new creations. I love how they fought for control of the animator’s computer. I love every minute of this film.
Their high five is so wonderful too. I just want to live in that moment, where creator and creation find peace and love and harmony. It’s like the Creation of Adam but way more awesome.
And while I can say a lot about the nature of creation, it doesn’t feel appropriate here. I encourage you to think about those things though. The world demands to be looked at and we can learn so much from even the silly things, the things that appear to only exist for our own amusement. I mean, these amusing aspects of life tend to, I think, tell us more about life than some of the more serious and heady philosophical forms of art.
But, yes, Animator vs Animation IV by Alan Decker is supremely awesome.
Next week we’ll get back to some serious and dark animated glory, but this is a great little taste of fun and action and awesome to hold you over.