The memory works in mysterious ways. From stereotypes that help us to remember people, to what is left of the day we broke up, or even to what other creatures will remember of humans after our race is extinguished, the abstract comments of the narrator are illustrated in a literal way by the animation - resulting in holy toilet cities and other cyclopean creatures.
In a dark room with the occasional spot of light, a male cat criticizes his male master. This cat talks about relations with the opposite sex, how some people do not respect his privacy, and how humans in general cannot handle certain situations that a cat easily can. But why is this cat’s master crouching in this dark room?
The short Broken Down Film is just that: broken. The film has aged poorly and the projector has trouble keeping the frame straight, but the protagonist is well aware of this. Exploiting these conditions the bumbling cowboy attempts to rescue a damsel in distress and win her heart.
With no speech, Ningyo relates the story of a boy who falls in love with a mermaid. Their love blossoms in wonderful places (and through amusing games), but when living in a world of prohibition, one can not daydream as he pleases: torture and brainwashing should teach the boy what reality is made of, and that does not include mermaids...
Beautiful paintings line the wall of an exhibition hall, each with an interesting and unusual story to tell. An elephant is recruited to be a boxing champion; a cosmetic surgeon fixes up problems with old and young alike; a man runs a robotic and heartless factory, only to be replaced as a factory part, himself; cute baby chickens frolic amidst a sea of red; and a Zen master sits calmly amidst storms, fires and distractions. Each of these stories and more can be seen through the paintings on display!
What kind of things could you learn from a hand puppet? Professor Dan Petory is here to save the day, and his topic of the hour is UFOs. With the background accompaniment of the Soybean Sisters, this ten minute short answers a variety of important questions including why do UFOs fly in a zig zag pattern, what do aliens look like, and why constellations appear the way they do?
In both short films we have a single topic, but an eccentric narrator who manages to twist each topic into something bizarre and alien. The viewer is left with an odd mix of images and a confused reality. In each, coherent thought is hidden in amongst the madness.