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Intelligent Humor

ih_010 Last night while flipping through the channels I stumbled upon the Disney movie Big Hero 6 . I quickly got sucked in and before I knew it the story of Hiro and his friends whizzed by in a dazzling array of visuals and set pieces -and then the credits were rolling. As I was about to flip the channel a name on the screen unlocked a rumbling of a memory from a lifetime ago. The name was that of the director: Chris WilliamsWhy was that name so familiar to me? Was the Big Hero 6 Chris Williams the same Chris Williams who is the creator of one of my all time favourite comic strips: Intelligent Humor? Turns out he is, and now the universe makes a little more sense. ih_054 If you haven’t heard of Intelligent Humor, don’t worry it’s kind of obscure. The strip ran in the early nineties in the University of Waterloo’s student run newspaper. I was an art student there at the time and from the first read you could tell something extraordinary was at work. The strip combined absurdest humour with an underlying pop culture surrealism. Intelligent Humor is to Big Hero 6 what Life in Hell is to The Simpsons. It is an early look into the work of an artist that will go on to do big things.

You can check out the Intelligent Humor archive HERE with over 60 strips.

A Town Called Panic: Review

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A Town Called Panic is about a horse named Horse, a cowboy named Cowboy and an Indian named Indian. They all live together in a quaint yellow brick house. At the beginning of the film we learn that it happens to be Horse‘s birthday and that Cowboy and Indian have  forgotten to get him a present. What possibly could happen?

If you are movie watcher who likes to make predictions about where the film you are watching may take you and also like to guess the ending; take a minute, look at the above picture and have a go.

It may play out a little like this: after a great number of mix ups and misunderstandings, Cowboy and Indian eventually find the perfect gift for Horse and we all end up learning something along the way.

It was a good try but not even close.  A Town called Panic plays with the viewer like a kitten plays with a ball of yarn. You stumble from one surreal premise to another all the while asking yourself, “What am I watching?”

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The film is based on a Belgian television program created by Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar

This of course is the line in the sand. If you have a high tolerance for the absurd; you may fall in love with this movie. If you do not, then perhaps this may not be the movie for you. If stop motion animation done with crude plastic toys isn’t your bag; then this is not  the movie for you. If you don’t like break-dancing policemen; then this is not  the movie for you. If you can’t cherish the romance of two horses slow dancing on their hind legs to french torch songs; then this is not the movie for you. If the idea of a cow canon is just plain silly; then perhaps this may not be the movie for you.

If you like to laugh at unbridled looney creativity, then this is definitely the movie for you.

4/5