Erlebnisse der Puppe (1966)
aka The Adventures of a Doll
Article 5627 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Franz Winzentsen
Country: West Germany
What it is: Surreal animated short
A doll with elephant legs plays games and explores the world around her.
The animation is of a style somewhere between a Terry Gilliam animation and FANTASTIC PLANET, and though it feels somewhat comic in the beginning, it takes a darker and more disturbing turn as the short progresses. That’s not to say there’s a whole lot to point to that clearly makes it disturbing (though there’s a shot of what looks like a badly hurt duck at one point); it’s the generally ominous air of the imagery that starts to put you on edge. There doesn’t seem to be an easily summarized story line here, nor can individual events be easily described, as it involves encounters with unidentifiable creatures and things. This is one strange foray into animation.