379. My Financial Career – Gerald Potterton

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SUMMARY: A nervous man becomes trapped in an embarrassing situation while trying to open a bank account.

WHY IT’S HERE: Based on a very witty account of social embarrassment in a bank by humourist Stephen Leacock, ‘My Financial Career’ is not a particularly well-loved animated short but for me Gerald Potterton’s beautifully simple cartoon more than earned its Oscar nomination. The animation (of what little movement there is) and art style are beyond simple and yet they fit the material perfectly, with small grimaces and raised eyebrows reflecting the minutely deconstructed emotions of a man intimidated by the entire institution of banking.

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