The sparkling Nine Nation Animation reminded me of the value and pleasure of such collections.
Most of the shorts in this international collection are somber or wistful, but a few stand out for their wit or visual panache.
For dabblers and aficionados alike, the compilation "Nine Nation Animation" is an eye-opening movie and a rare treat...
| Original Score: 4/5
A traveling road-show of (duh) nine shorts from nine countries that gets points for both style and content.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Each would be headache-inducing if any longer than 10 minutes, but they work here, tying their eclectic but masterful exercises in the medium to pointed messages.
| Original Score: 3/4
First-rate compilation Nine Nation Animation sprawls not just in terms of geography but technique, theme, style and tone, offering a filling multicourse meal for the discerning grownup toon fan.
If nothing else, Nine Nation Animation proves that there's a lot more to the animator's art than either the cutting-edge ultra-realism of Pixar or the flat functionality of sitcoms like The Simpsons.
Dazzling, challenging and heartening all at once.
As with most mixtape approaches to film, your mileage will vary. What's really on display is the wide array of styles and techniques available to animators, proving that not everything needs to look like Pixar.
| Original Score: B
These pictures explore the limitations and constrictions of a mass culture, no matter what the nature of said culture may be.
Out of the nine shorts included here, only four prove to be particularly memorable and only one of that group is a perfect marriage of form and content.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It's a winner, with only one or two duds among the nine movies.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A series of 9 short films that mostly impress with stylish animation, clever concepts, poignancy and, at times, a sense of humor. The best film among the bunch is FLATLIFE.
| Original Score: 8.85/10
A compilation of nine animated short films from around the world contains hits and misses.