Around is Around (1953)
Article 5725 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Evelyn Lambart and Norman McLaren
What it is: Abstract depth
I’m not sure I would have decided to review this one if left to my judgment, but since it is listed in the Walt Lee guide and I’ve already covered many other titles from the world of abstract animation, I felt I should cover this one as well. At heart, though, I have no real objection to doing so, as this is one of the best examples of abstract animation I’ve seen. The only sad thing about it is that I’m watching a 2-D version of a film that was originally made for 3-D. Still, I can imagine what it must have been like to have seen it in 3-D; much of the abstract action seems to take place in places which offer enormous depth to them, such as a starscape or a cloudscape. If it lived up to what I imagined, it would be stunning. Being an abstract film, it isn’t possible to give a clear description to the action, but it is lovely to look at and the music is very effective.