Mr. Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End Reviews

  • Jun 06, 2020

    Great intro to this genius and fierce artist. Mr Fish is an American treasure. His art is a knockout and he takes his job in society so seriously. Glad to know he exists and works. And thanks to the filmmaker!

    Great intro to this genius and fierce artist. Mr Fish is an American treasure. His art is a knockout and he takes his job in society so seriously. Glad to know he exists and works. And thanks to the filmmaker!

  • Aug 05, 2019

    From filmmaker Pablo Bryant, this feature length film is a portrait of brilliant and sometimes acerbic satirical cartoonist Mr. Fish who, while providing the world with fierce satire, must also reckon with his identity as a laborer who has to help provide for himself and his family. The film, like the artist, has a heart and is full of compassionate humanity, but doesn't shy away from the more difficult sides of the struggles and self-involvement required to generate ideas in cartoon form and put them out for public consumption. Mr. Fish himself is a clear-eyed and cutting voice speaking out against institutions that strip away authentic human connection through commodification and for the benefits of shareholders. Rather, through his art he seeks to inspire people to have conversations that, through critical thinking and responsible participation in community, bring people toward each other in recognition of common interests. Mr. Bryant is a skillful filmmaker who spent roughly five years with Mr. Fish and his family, documenting the warm relationships between them and taking note of the struggles that come from an artist who is often willfully defiant of commodifying his skill for a more socially acceptable market. This means his family had to make sacrifices and the filmmaker paints a complex and relatable portrait of this working-class situation. Because of this specificity in the subject matter and editing, anyone who views the film can identify with the anarchistic artist and also his responsible, bemused (and often burdened with responsibility) wife. Mr. Bryant balances the message of the artist and the themes of the film in a relatively short run time. The humor in the storytelling, self-awareness of the characters and the editing of the film make it a very enjoyable experience. If you can, go see it live with Pablo Bryant and Mr. Fish giving a Q&A after the film. Much has happened since the completion of the story and Mr. Fish's continued development is important context for viewing in 2019. In the intervening years since the completion of the film, Mr. Fish has begin teaching university classes more frequently and has changed his approach to his cartooning as a result. I, for one, was heartened and moved as an audience member.

    From filmmaker Pablo Bryant, this feature length film is a portrait of brilliant and sometimes acerbic satirical cartoonist Mr. Fish who, while providing the world with fierce satire, must also reckon with his identity as a laborer who has to help provide for himself and his family. The film, like the artist, has a heart and is full of compassionate humanity, but doesn't shy away from the more difficult sides of the struggles and self-involvement required to generate ideas in cartoon form and put them out for public consumption. Mr. Fish himself is a clear-eyed and cutting voice speaking out against institutions that strip away authentic human connection through commodification and for the benefits of shareholders. Rather, through his art he seeks to inspire people to have conversations that, through critical thinking and responsible participation in community, bring people toward each other in recognition of common interests. Mr. Bryant is a skillful filmmaker who spent roughly five years with Mr. Fish and his family, documenting the warm relationships between them and taking note of the struggles that come from an artist who is often willfully defiant of commodifying his skill for a more socially acceptable market. This means his family had to make sacrifices and the filmmaker paints a complex and relatable portrait of this working-class situation. Because of this specificity in the subject matter and editing, anyone who views the film can identify with the anarchistic artist and also his responsible, bemused (and often burdened with responsibility) wife. Mr. Bryant balances the message of the artist and the themes of the film in a relatively short run time. The humor in the storytelling, self-awareness of the characters and the editing of the film make it a very enjoyable experience. If you can, go see it live with Pablo Bryant and Mr. Fish giving a Q&A after the film. Much has happened since the completion of the story and Mr. Fish's continued development is important context for viewing in 2019. In the intervening years since the completion of the film, Mr. Fish has begin teaching university classes more frequently and has changed his approach to his cartooning as a result. I, for one, was heartened and moved as an audience member.

  • Jul 08, 2019

    Entertaining documentary about a political cartoonist with a thoughtful exploration of freedom of speech

    Entertaining documentary about a political cartoonist with a thoughtful exploration of freedom of speech

  • Jan 28, 2019

    One of the best hours you'll spend with a one hour documentary. Nice balance between the Artist, his process, the business and his support network.

    One of the best hours you'll spend with a one hour documentary. Nice balance between the Artist, his process, the business and his support network.

  • Jan 13, 2019

    Mr. Fish (Dwayne Booth) is clearly one of the most talented political cartoonists in the world. This film perfectly captures the life and struggles of an artist who refuses to compromise no matter the cost. Fascinating story, amazing artist, and controversial subject matter will have you riveted to this movie -- and rooting for Mr. Fish. Highly recommend!

    Mr. Fish (Dwayne Booth) is clearly one of the most talented political cartoonists in the world. This film perfectly captures the life and struggles of an artist who refuses to compromise no matter the cost. Fascinating story, amazing artist, and controversial subject matter will have you riveted to this movie -- and rooting for Mr. Fish. Highly recommend!

  • Oct 03, 2018

    Excellent movie! Would definitely see again. Hope it comes out in blu-ray or dvd.

    Excellent movie! Would definitely see again. Hope it comes out in blu-ray or dvd.

  • Aug 31, 2018

    5 stars Throughly enjoyable documentary that confirms that just because you are true to yourself as an artist, you don't have to have the cliched artist's temperament or be so cynical that you find no joy in life. Mr. Fish, you are my new hero!

    5 stars Throughly enjoyable documentary that confirms that just because you are true to yourself as an artist, you don't have to have the cliched artist's temperament or be so cynical that you find no joy in life. Mr. Fish, you are my new hero!

  • Jun 18, 2018

    Never was the timing of a film more poignant than this one. In "Mr. Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End", director Pablo Bryant masterfully chronicles artist Mr. Fish's brilliant and frustrating career as a ballsy political cartoonist struggling to find a venue for his often shocking and honest images in a digital age where cautious publishers must bow to sponsors. And Fish doesn't pull any punches, willing to piss off red and blue voters alike. Prepare to take a hard look in the mirror, America, because according to one of Fish's adorable and insightful twin daughters, as a country, "We suck." At once humorous and touching, incendiary and truthful, this documentary is a reflection of the simultaneous beauty and ugliness of American ideology and, like it or not, anyone with half a conscience will leave feeling rewired and inspired. Mr. Fish and his charming family take a big one for the team, sacrificing financial security and time together for the importance of sharing Fish's undeniable talent and whatsmore, his crucial voice in a global society endangered by cruel and corrupt political agendas which pander to patriotism and silence opposing voices. So if you have a case of good old 'Merican whateverism, start with Bryant's film, then get yourself on a daily dose of Mr. Fish's clever, uncomfortable and often hilarious truth.

    Never was the timing of a film more poignant than this one. In "Mr. Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End", director Pablo Bryant masterfully chronicles artist Mr. Fish's brilliant and frustrating career as a ballsy political cartoonist struggling to find a venue for his often shocking and honest images in a digital age where cautious publishers must bow to sponsors. And Fish doesn't pull any punches, willing to piss off red and blue voters alike. Prepare to take a hard look in the mirror, America, because according to one of Fish's adorable and insightful twin daughters, as a country, "We suck." At once humorous and touching, incendiary and truthful, this documentary is a reflection of the simultaneous beauty and ugliness of American ideology and, like it or not, anyone with half a conscience will leave feeling rewired and inspired. Mr. Fish and his charming family take a big one for the team, sacrificing financial security and time together for the importance of sharing Fish's undeniable talent and whatsmore, his crucial voice in a global society endangered by cruel and corrupt political agendas which pander to patriotism and silence opposing voices. So if you have a case of good old 'Merican whateverism, start with Bryant's film, then get yourself on a daily dose of Mr. Fish's clever, uncomfortable and often hilarious truth.

  • Jun 17, 2018

    If you're gonna live in a dystopian, fascist, oligarchical, gaslighted hellscape, you might as well have a few laughs along the way -- they may be your last. Mr. Fish is a must-see, vitally important, Oscar-worthy documentary. Mr. Fish is the nom de plume of Dwayne Booth, a blisteringly honest and uncompromising political cartoonist - sort of an R. Crumb meets Andy Kaufman type character. Booth's political leanings appear to be the left of Howard Zinn and he pulls no punches attacking either side of the aisle. Google Mr. Fish's cartoons and you'll see what everyone's talking about.

    If you're gonna live in a dystopian, fascist, oligarchical, gaslighted hellscape, you might as well have a few laughs along the way -- they may be your last. Mr. Fish is a must-see, vitally important, Oscar-worthy documentary. Mr. Fish is the nom de plume of Dwayne Booth, a blisteringly honest and uncompromising political cartoonist - sort of an R. Crumb meets Andy Kaufman type character. Booth's political leanings appear to be the left of Howard Zinn and he pulls no punches attacking either side of the aisle. Google Mr. Fish's cartoons and you'll see what everyone's talking about.

  • Jun 17, 2018

    What an incredible surprise! I absolutely loved this documentary, it touches to the core of what community and truth is, how are is a tool for change... I am more inspire than ever to create and make the change I seek in this world! Thanks to Mr Fish and the filmmaker for igniting a fire!

    What an incredible surprise! I absolutely loved this documentary, it touches to the core of what community and truth is, how are is a tool for change... I am more inspire than ever to create and make the change I seek in this world! Thanks to Mr Fish and the filmmaker for igniting a fire!