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."
Animation , Drama , Special Interest
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Robert Levy
as Earl Gray
Nancy Andrews
as Gentian Violet
Judith Rafael
as Mother Beatrice Elastica
Mary Lou Zelazny
as Ida Blue

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Critic Reviews for Consuming Spirits

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (12)

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

Full Review… | April 11, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

"Consuming Spirits" puts a hook in you and doesn't let you off. A hook the size of a crowbar.

Full Review… | February 7, 2013
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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.

January 31, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 23, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 13, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | December 12, 2012
AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Consuming Spirits


Consuming Spirits can't be described in a few short words because it is one of the most originally constructed movies I've seen in a while. Using different types of animation throughout, director Chris Sullivan is able to give off various atmospheres and allow his characters to gain some depth beyond their fragmented appearance.

Alex Suszko
Alex Suszko

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