Hunger (1974)

Hunger (1974)
Article 5878 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 10-31-2020
Directed by Peter Foldes
No cast
Country: Canada
What it is: Nightmarish experimental animation

A man has an insatiable appetite.

This is a very striking experiment in computer animation. It does tell a story and has recognizable characters, so it’s not really in the realm of abstract animation. But the animation style is truly nightmarish; the characters mutate into other characters; for example, the main character doesn’t get into a car to drive somewhere; he mutates into a car. At one point he becomes a truly hideous eating machine with four arms and seven or eight mouths, all of which are being stuffed with food. It all ends in a literal nightmare that is very effective. It was nominated for an Oscar, but did not win; nevertheless, this is a very striking short, and I recommend it.

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