Ungerer is certainly an irrepressible force, but beyond his surreal erotica getting him blacklisted from picture books in the early '70s, his life isn't very dramatic, and Bernstein's film pads it with historical footage and precious animations.
A formidable creative force fueled by massive contradictions, Ungerer is a kind of self-analytical shrink here. Conflicted yet inspired by identity issues, political injustice art, and a weirdly beloved treasure trove of headless sex slave barbie dolls.
Children's book author, antiwar agitator and pornographer for the carriage trade, Tomi Ungerer is one of the more interesting artists of the past half-century. Be thankful that this documentary captures his essence.