502. Rip Van Winkle – Will Vinton

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SUMMARY: Washington Irving’s tale of Rip Van Winkle is brought to life in Claymation.

WHY IT’S HERE: Pioneering claymation director Will Vinton’s ‘Rip Van Winkle’ is a fantastic short from the creator of 1980s icons The California Raisins. The oft-underrated Vinton marries his gorgeous, detailed, slightly creepy style perfectly with Washington Irving’s folksy tale to create a sumptuous half hour of animation. The film peaks with an extended, surreal dream-sequence which is a feast for the eyes. If any of Vinton’s shorts really showcased his potential for making the exquisite feature length ‘The Adventures of Mark Twain’ then this was it. Sadly, both these films are underrated, underseen gems.

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