Oct 18 2008 11:00am

Saturday morning cartoons: Over Time and The Raftman’s Razor

Over Time
Oury Atlan, Thibaut Berland, Damien Ferrie

The Raftman's Razor
Keith Bearden


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eric orchard
1. orchard
I thought Over time was unsettling, until I watched The Raftman's Razor. These are great. Over Time has such a strange, compelling feel to it. Really beautiful.
Igor Rendić
2. sandman
That Over time is unsettling just a little bit it is, but it's also wonderfully melancholic, all those little guys (I'm guessing they're toys he made) either refusing to believe he's dead or not having the concept of death.

Raftman's Razor reminded me of Harvey Pekar's comics, but also just how wonderfull it is to be a geek: you get to feel special about the weirdest stuff...
Pablo Defendini
3. pablodefendini
The 'little guys' in Over Time look like proto-Kermit the frogs to me, which gives the piece a whole other dimension (whether that's intentional or not, I dunno).
eric orchard
4. orchard
I was thinking that too, Pablo. My thought while watching was " I wonder what Jim Henson would think?" (Love it, I bet) and I sort of saw things as the m/puppets taking their creator for one more spin. I was worried this would turn into TideLand...
Eric Braddock
5. EricBraddock
Over Time has some really amazing melodic moments, despite how eerie it is, and Pablo, they really do look like proto-Kermits and I agree it kinda makes you look at it a bit differently.

Raftman's Razor almost reminded me of The Adventures of Pete and Pete.. had a lot of similar, strange context and narration, but was interesting none the less.
Pablo Defendini
6. pablodefendini
@ EricBraddock #5
Oh, Pete and Pete, indeed! You're absolutely spot-on, Eric!

@ sandman #2
Aside from the Pekar vibe, the actual Raftman character also made me think of Yoshiro Tatsumi's fatalistic characters, minus the urban setting. He just screams 'overworked Japanese company man' to me.
Irene Gallo
7. Irene
I saw OVERTIME years ago and it has stuck with me ever since. I really wanted to kick off this whole "Sat AM Cartoon" series with it but it took me a while to track it down. I guess it's obvious already that I like things that are as dark as they are sweet or funny.

I was at the Society of Illustrators the other night and was delighted that a number of people came up to me to say that they are enjoying these movies...and they all smiled while they said, "But was sooo sad!"

With Raftman and last week's One Rat Short, I'm just amazed how much story telling the filmmakers manage in under 10 minutes. When I think back on them, it's hard not to believe they weren't features based on how much impact they have.

I guess I shouldn't sound surprised since is becoming a new home for short form expression in general...I just didn't make the connection between our short stories and comics and these films until now. Maybe when we grow up when can commission original short film making!
Irene Gallo
8. Irene
Can I just ad, each time I think of Raftman's "Whaddya wanna be when you grow up? bums or buddhists or something?" I just crack up.
Jeffrey Richard
9. neutronjockey
Over Time is definitely in its own class: southern gothic whimsy. At its finest.

bums or buddhists or something?

The Raftman must have been responsible for at least two members of the Beat Generation. ;D
René Walling
10. cybernetic_nomad
Overtime is one of my favourites and AFAIK, yes it is an homage to Henson and Kermit

Irene: I've seen a lot of animation but you have managed to get one film I haven't even heard of every week and I've enjoyed all of them. I'm looking forward to Saturday Morning Cartoons every week.

Meanwhile I think you should check out Run Wrake's Rabbit I think you'll really enjoy it. Also for dark and surreal atmosphere it's hard to beat the Brothers Quay and Jan Svankmayer -- if you don't already know them (which I doubt) you must check them out.
Irene Gallo
11. Irene

Thanks! It's good to know people are out there enjoying them.

So far I have a list of about 20 shorts that I _love_. Pablo can tell you that I stress-out each week because I want to show _all_ of them all at once. Rabbit and Svankmajer are on the list. Starevich will probably be added at some point as well. I haven't poked around for Brothers Quay yet, but their work is right up my ally. Thanks for the reminder on them. And, please, feel free to keep dropping names. Time seems to vanish once I get into a roll of following one animation lead into another.
René Walling
12. cybernetic_nomad
No problem :)

Some day you'll have to come up to the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Five fall days of out-of-this-world movie watching. It's about as exhausting as Worldcon, but well worth it.

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