A collection of 19 animated shorts, mostly united by the desire to shock and/or disgust. The exceptions include two of the best entries. In Pixar's "For the Birds" (2000), a flock of chattering little birds gang up on the goofy larger bird and get their just desserts, while "Ghost of Stephen Foster" (1999) — to music by the Squirrel Nut Zippers — pays loving (and spooky) homage to the surreal B&W cartoons of Betty Boop creator Max Fleischer. "Rejected" (2000) is a series of surreal line-animated vignettes, purportedly commissioned by corporate entities who promptly repudiated; the film's little squiggles inhabit a bizarre world of dead-pan non sequiturs and jabs at corporate perfidy that suddenly deconstructs around them in an apocalypse of crumpling paper. Roy T. Wood's "Wheelchair Rebecca" (1999) beats the dead horse of political correctness while managing to be scabrously funny: A little girl asks her mother how her PC dolly wound up in a wheelchair and Mom's sweetly articulated suggestions, enacted by dolls, range from rough sex and a botched suicide attempt to a catastrophic encounter with an alien probe. Three segments of "Angry Kid" (1999), from Aardman Animation (CHICKEN RUN), feature an annoying preadolescent watching TV and bugging his dad. Animated Lego people star in "Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World" (2000), which pokes fun at gay and lesbian stereotypes and includes an amusingly malevolent plastic cat. "Bowlin' fer Souls" (1999) features a Rat Pfink-style Satan collecting the souls of ten unfortunate bowling pins, to music by the Hellbillys and Hellchild. The crude but amusing "Monkey vs. Robot" (1999) is set to James Kochalka Superstar's Devo-esque song of the same title; "Stinky Monkey," a disturbing vignette involving a hapless monkey and a sweetly vicious little girl, features animation on live backgrounds. Simply pointless are: superhero parody "Radioactive Crotch Man" (2000); "Pussy Da Rednosed Reindeer," a wiseguy retelling of the classic Christmas tale; "Beat the Brat" (2000), in which a smarmy announcer instructs kids on humiliating their parents in public; marionette-animated STAR WARS parody "Coco, the Junkie Pimp 2" (2000); and "The Hangnail" (2000), a lesson in not picking. The gross-out sex oriented "Mute & Motormouth in 'Birth of Abomination'" (2000), "Sloaches Fun House" (1997) and "Deep Sympathy" (1991) are simply repellent, which is not a recommendation.
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- Released: 2001
- Rating: NR
- Review: A collection of 19 animated shorts, mostly united by the desire to shock and/or disgust. The exceptions include two of the best entries. In Pixar's "For the Birds" (2000), a flock of chattering little birds gang up on the goofy larger bird and get their ju… (more)