Consuming Spirits (2012)


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Christopher Sullivan's animated dystopia is about as far from a cartoon-for-kids as they come. Relationships among the three main characters - Earl Gray, Gentian Violet, and Victor Blue - multiply and divide as their stories becomes increasingly complex, hilarious, and scary. The Huffington Post writes of the film's "insanely meticulous construction" and continues: "The animation took 15 years of work... The characters were hand-drawn onto layers of glass which were then moved with needles and pins. The film seamlessly combines cutout animation, pencil drawing, collage, and stop-motion animation to create the haunting atmosphere of a self-contained world... (most of whose) characters walk shakily between self-medication and a bad trip... ugly characters (who) make up the most beautiful spectacle you've ever seen."


Robert Levy
as Earl Gray
Nancy Andrews
as Gentian Violet
Judith Rafael
as Mother Beatrice Elastica

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (11)

Something more coherent, masterful - and oddly poignant - than it may initially seem.

Apr 11, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

An ambitious animated epic that runs well over two hours and sometimes feels more like a feat than a film. Nevertheless, it's a kind of milestone in its genre.

Jan 31, 2013 | Rating: 3/4

It is the story of people in a small ordinary town, knowing nothing but their ordinary affairs, revealing their sins and crimes with an ordinary negligence.

Jan 24, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Sullivan pulls the narrative noose tight at long last, and wraps up "Consuming Spirits'' as neatly as a Victorian novel - albeit one written by someone with an alarming affinity for the grotesque.

Dec 14, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

In its final half-hour, it pulls all the threads together, and a breathtaking bigger picture finally comes into focus.

Dec 13, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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This labor of love from do-it-all animator Chris Sullivan has the same rough-edged, cantankerous charms as the characters that populate it.

Dec 12, 2012 | Full Review…
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