SUMMARY: A history of tennis through the ages.
WHY IT’S HERE: Bruno Bozzetto began the 80s with a simple, funny short that felt partially like a throwback to his earliest short ‘Tapum! The History of Weapons’ but more significantly like a tribute to Tex Avery’s MGM spot-gags of the 50s. An absurdist history of the game of tennis from the stone age onwards, ‘Tennis Club’ shows Bozzetto had lost none of his knack for comedy timing and writing surprising and funny visual jokes. Having spent much of the 70s working on darker or more adult material, this unambitious but effective short is a refreshing return to straightforward comedy for this masterful animation legend.