Review: The 17th Annual Show of Shows

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For as much gripping that movie goers do for the lack of originality in cinema, you would think they would just deeper than whatever big studio tent pole is plastered on the tv and corporate fan boy sites. If they did they would find some amazing unique filmmakers and would hopefully they would stumble into the realm of indie animation. A place where there is no shortage of imagination. The annual Show of Shows is a glorious collection of these surreal experiences. 

Opening this Friday, The 17th Annual Show of Shows will feature the following 11 shorts:

  • THE STORY OF PERCIVAL PILTS, created by Janette Goodey & John Lewis, Australia
  • TANT DE FORETS, created by Geoffrey Godet & Burcu Sankur, France
  • SNOWFALL, directed by Conor Whelan, Ireland
  • BALLAD OF HOLLAND ISLAND HOUSE, created by Lynn Tomlinson, USA
  • BEHIND THE TREES, created by Amanda Palmer and Avi Ofer, USA
  • WE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT THE COSMOS, created by Konstantin Bronzit, Russia
  • MESSAGES DANS L’AIR, created by Isabel Favez, France/Switzerland
  • STRIPY, Written and directed by Babak Nekooei & Behnoud Nekooei, Iran
  • ASCENSION written and directed by Thomas Bourdis, Martin de Coudenhove, Caroline Domergue, Colin Laubry, Florian Laubry, France
  • LOVE IN THE TIME OF MARCH MADNESS, directed by Melissa Johnson and Robertino Zambrano, USA
  • WORLD OF TOMORROW, directed by Don Hertzfeldt, USA

For time and space restraints I’ll choose my five favorite to talk about. ( FYI they’re all very good. No slouches here.)


Whimsical poem of a man who lives his life on slits. Some of the best stop motion I’ve ever seen.  It’s flawless.


Essentially a sad Sea Shanty about the construction and demise of a home the Chesapeake Bay. The use of watercolor a is haunting. Oh, and if don’t know what a Sea Shanty is, it’s a country song set on the ocean. 


Loved STRIPY for its nod to old school shorts by Walt Disney and Tex Avery. Very fun. 

ASCENSION is the closest Pixar looking one in this bunch, it’s a great story and looks fantastic. 


You can’t live without seeing WE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT THE COSMOS, honestly. If you love great off beat stories this is for you. You start out laughing, then it’s a little sad, but you leave with a warm feeling and a smile. It’s perfect.


I had the pleasure of reviewing and talking with Hertzfelt earlier this year, he’s fantastic, this is fantastic. Also if you’re not versed in his art this a great entry point, very accessible film. 

The Show of Shows is a giant candy store of treats; the Willy Wonka of cartoons perched behind the counter has something for everyone. Hankering for stop motion? Sweet tooth only answers to abstract? Maybe something with some heavier tones?  All covered. So be like Charlie, purchase your golden ticket and feast on the delights The 17th Annual Show of Shows has to offer. You can even bring Grandpa.

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