988. Bus Story – Tali


SUMMARY: A woman decides she’d like to be a school bus driver but with annoying kids, a surly boss and adverse weather conditions, the reality doesn’t quite match her idyllic vision.

WHY IT’S HERE: Tali’s ‘Bus Story’ is a great animated short about a woman whose idealised impression of life as a school bus driver doesn’t quite match the reality of the situation. A slice of life style tale spiced up with a few absurd flourishes, ‘Bus Story’ was created for the National Film Board of Canada and its visual style owes much to classics like ‘The Big Snit’ and ‘The Cat Came Back’, with crude but hugely appealing character designs and animation. Very funny, occasionally dark but mostly sweet, ‘Bus Story’ is a latter day gem that feels like it could have come out of animation’s very productive 80s period.


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