________________ CM . . . . Volume XI Number 1 . . . . September 3, 2004

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2D or not 2D.

William Thijssen & Marcy Page (Producers).
Montreal, PQ: National Film Board of Canada, 2003.
16 min., 54 sec., VHS, $99.95.
Order Number: C9103

Subject Headings:
Animated films.
Short films.

Grades 9 and up / Ages 14 and up.

Review by Deborah Mervold.

*** /4

excerpt:

Bruno and Frieda fall in love when they spy each other from their respective mountaintops. They race towards one another, only to be blocked by what appears to be a long thin wall, which from our vantage point looks like a line. When Bruno is ushered inside this "wall," he discovers that it contains a strange 2-dimensional world populated by paper-thin creatures with their own peculiar rules and logic.

In the meantime, Frieda waits impatiently for Bruno to emerge on her side, watching his chubby figure bulge out of this elastic space. She listens to the disjointed interactions emanating from this mysterious world while Bruno becomes distracted by the puzzling dilemmas of its inhabitants. Will he succeed in helping them? Will he eventually find his way out of this strange 2D space back to the more substantial Frieda? Will she will be waiting for him? (From the video jacket)

 

2D or not 2D is "drawings on paper with computer renderings" in a comic or cartoon style. The characters never speak, but the sound track is suitable to the actions and even includes yodeling. The video moves along quickly as Bruno tries to reach Frieda. Some of the images, such as the cuckoo, reoccur throughout the video. Often the images raised questions in my mind as to what was being suggested. The ending is interesting and not totally expected as Frieda doesn't welcome Bruno to her side. She is instead curious about where he has been.

     Paul Driessen is a well known filmmaker and has made 25 films for Canada, Holland and other countries. He has won a number of awards for his work. The jacket is very useful as the credits on the video are in a font which is difficult to read.

     The video would be excellent for discussion in a number of ways including plot, theme, imagery, etc. It could be used in English Language Arts or Philosophy classes.

Recommended

Deborah Mervold is a retired teacher-librarian, educator and Resource Based Learning Consultant in Shellbrook, SK.

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