SUMMARY: A group of preserved animals climb out of their jars and head out into the world where they encounter a vicious enemy.
WHY IT’S HERE: British artist Andrew McEwan is a man who is constantly changing artistic direction. He has worked as an animator, painter, sculptor and musician as well as assistant director on big films such as ‘Shaun of the Dead’, ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ and ‘Children of Men’. Back in 1990, McEwan won a BAFTA award for his animated short ‘Toxic’, a disturbing adventure film in which a gang of apparently dead animals return to life, shake off the formaldehyde and prepare to do battle with a Harryhausen-esque enemy. Visually striking, ‘Toxic’ isn’t the most narratively coherent of films but that was clearly not the intention. Instead, it evokes a twilight world of unsettling happenings far beyond the comprehension of the sleeping human race.