I figured I’d do a Plague Dogs picture too (written by the same guy who did Watership Down). This is Snitter “A black and white fox terrier. Unlike his friend, Rowf, Snitter was once settled into a home. After he lost his master in a road accident with a truck, he was sold to the laboratory. The scientists in the lab have performed numerous brain surgeries on Snitter, merging his conscious and subconscious mind. This causes him to have nightmarish flashes and dreams at random times, whether he is asleep or awake. Frequently he hallucinates the sight of his master approaching, and turns round in joyful greeting, only to find there is no one there. Once he and Rowf escape the lab, Snitter is determined to find another home for himself and his friend. Snitter is the most hopeful character in the book, and the most mysterious, since he can have several strange ramblings concerning his condition and past events. While he and Rowf are swimming out to sea, he has a horrifying vision of a man torturing and killing all the animals of the world, including some the existence of which he could not possibly know about, such as whales.”
Here’s the thing that bugs me, a person who consumes film voraciously, about everyone saying that Sausage Party is the film that finally shows that animation can be “for adults”…
… there’s already plenty of animation that does that. There have been films that have been doing that for decades. And it’s animation that’s actually about mature, important subject matter rather than an endless stream of base-level vulgarity, racism, and homophobia poorly justified by a half-assed theological metaphor.
So, just because I’m sick and tired of hearing that “animation for adults” thing in regards to Sausage Party, here are 5 of my favorite films that actually carry that mantle well and skillfully use animation to deal with serious subjects:
1. Fantastic Planet (1973, dir. René Laloux): Uses animation to create a surreal science fiction allegory as political commentary speaking out against warfare and violence
2. The Plague Dogs (1982, dir. Martin Rosen): Uses animation to condemn animal cruelty via harmful testing procedures
3. Waltz With Bashir (2008, dir. Ari Folman): Uses animation as a means to reconstruct repressed memories in the aftermath of trauma
4. It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012, dir. Don Hertzfeldt): Uses animation to deal with failing memory and coming to terms with one’s own mortality
5. Anomalisa (2015, dir. Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson): Uses animation to portray unhealthy projections of idealism onto others and feelings of malaise that hinder our perceptions of how we see the world and those around us
So yeah. There are definitely a lot more, but these are the ones that I think speak volumes to how mature and thoughtful animated films aimed at adults can truly be. Here’s to “animation for adults” being more like these films and less like Sausage Party.
ok, I wanna talk about this little guy right here.
This is Snitter, one of the lead characters from the Plague Dogs, a film that was adapted from another one of Richard Adams books.
the beautiful 2-D animation for this film is perhaps some of the BEST I’ve ever seen in my life. But I’m acutally not here to rag on animation today.
I loved how this film portrayed all the dog’s emotional and psychological journey, but Snitter was the best example. Due to tramatic events in his past where he was accidently somewhat responsible for the death of his ‘Master’ and having a recent brain sugary the poor dog’s grip on reality and memories is greatly distorted. It’s shown so well you really have to see the film to understand but it’s just amazing. Here is the link, the entire film is on youtube please watch it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBxfOvx7QmU
IMPORTANT NOTICE: THIS MOVIE IS NOT FOR CHILDREN OR LIGHT OF HEART.
Have you ever seen The Plague Dogs? It's got tons of surrealism and centers around, well, dogs, and all animated, it looks like your kind of movie lol
Ohh yeah, as a kid I read the book and also had the honor of being traumatized by the film–and I genuinely recommend the experience! It really is beautiful, and it’s also a build-your-own-existential-crisis kit, so it gets a 10/10 from me
I don’t understand Richard Adams as a writer like he goes from child-friendly epic featuring an entire rabbit mythos to a horror surrealist novel about two dogs who escape a research facility. And then the book I’m reading now which as far as I can tell is…ghost erotica?????