Nov 21 2009 11:00am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “City Paradise” and “Street of Crocodiles”

City Paradise, Street of Crocodiles

City Paradise:  Tomoko moves to a cold and intimidating London...until she finds a secret underground city. Sweet, charming, and a little bit strange. (6 minutes)

Street of Crocodiles: A stop motion classic from the Brothers Quay. A psychological exploration of an internal city in decay. This was one of those films I caught on late night TV as a teenager that, along with Svankmajer's films, instilled a life-long love of animation in me. It was a revelation that so much can be said through sound, art, and movement that is near impossible to articulate in words.  I had the good fortune to see an exhibit of their models earlier in the year, including sets and puppets for this film; report and photos here. (21 Minutes)

City Paradise
Gaelle Denis

Streets of Crocodiles
Brothers Quay

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More animation in the Saturday Morning Cartoon Index.

Irene Gallo is the art director for Tor, Forge, and Starscape books and

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seth e.
1. seth e.
Street of Crocodiles has been a favorite for years; I torment students with it every once in a while. I'm jealous of anyone who got to see the Parsons exhibit.
Irene Gallo
2. Irene
Seth - then I would have loved to been one of your students. What class do you teach?
René Walling
3. cybernetic_nomad
You got to see some of the Quays' models? like seth e., I am jealous.

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