387. Automania 2000 – John Halas

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SUMMARY: This satirical take on a public information film examines the history of the car, including the nightmarish result of a future that cannot keep up with public demand.

WHY IT’S HERE: An Oscar nominee for Best Animated Short, this satirical take on a public information film examines the history of the car but gradually builds up from whimsical jokes about oddly designed cars to a nightmare vision of a gridlocked world which cannot keep up with public demand. The shift from spot-gags to dystopian hell is achieved powerfully and the final images are indelibly bleak and brutal, making for a chilling but endlessly entertaining watch. The film has been justifiably lauded for its incisive approach, although it ultimately lost the Oscar to Ernest Pintoff and Mel Brooks’ very funny short ‘The Critic’.

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