Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?
This week, we’re giving away psychiatric help for a nickel, go visit our off-the-rail relatives, opine while watching something magically animated, and learn how to compete at tasting wine.
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“Maybe we’ll find something magical…”
There’s something about Cryptozoo that truly captures your imagination. Dash Shaw’s kaleidoscopic animated film follows a group of well-intentioned hunters of mythical creatures, who aim to gather these “cryptids” in a sanctuary called the Cryptozoo. But it’s less a sanctuary than an amusement park, a gaudy ploy to introduce these creatures of legends to the public — and make a little cash off of it. But while the 1960s-set Cryptozoo is undeniably an awesome feat of animation — recalling the likes of the psychedelic Yellow Submarine crossed with the stop-motion classic Fantastic Planet — with a cutting message, it doesn’t leave room for awe and mystery that the legendary “cryptids” at the center of the film would usually inspire.
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