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Postby Voice From Limbo » Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:27 am

Here's a short retro-sci-fi film, made on a shoestring, back in the 70's-80s, in Richmond, VA. (Yeah -- it took that long).

No CGI at the time, but every other kind of animation you can think of. Steve and Phil are both arts professors now.

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Re: Futuropolis

Postby Australian Dawn » Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:03 am

I only made it a third of the way through. :oops:

They should have tried to do a serious Sci-fi instead of a sendup IMHO, they clearly had the technical skill.

I wonder why they did that stop-go style animation technique on the actors?
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Re: Futuropolis

Postby Voice From Limbo » Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:53 am

Well, Janet Maslin gave it a positive review in the NYT. :(

The technique you referred to is called pxilation. The pair used it in their first project together, a commercial way back in 1972:


It's been around more or less since the early years of the last century, but the most famous example is probably this Oscar-winning short from 1952:

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