Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I have put together several animation screenings for my Commercial Modernism class, the second of which is tonight. The evening's films will cover various creative and cultural engagements with and over the claims of modernism. I may write more about this later, but the for the moment, one such engagement includes the Chuck Jones-directed short, Duck Amuck from 1953. The short is modern in the sense that it operates like an animated Pirandello play, in that the protagonist, the hapless Daffy, consistently breaks the fourth wall to bitch at his creator, whose malevolent scribblings bring the duck nothing but grief. In the early stages, the mischief is limited to swapped-out backgrounds (as above, with farm scene inserted to disrupt the musketeer premise) but it gets worse quickly.
The screening is in Wilson Hall room 214, on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. The public is welcome.