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. Volume XI Number 7 . . . . November 26, 2004
John Weldon’s Deeper Dementia consists of six animated shorts: The Hungry Squid, The Lump, Emergency Numbers, Real Inside, Scant Sanity and Of Dice and Men. John Weldon's Deeper Dementia is divided into two acts. Act I "Recyclomation-Weldon: Medium and Raw" includes The Hungry Squid, the newest short included (2002), and Weldon's first attempt at puppet animation. Weldon introduces this short to the audience on camera. Weldon's young knotty-haired main character struggles with absent parents and homework eating pests in this tall tale. Her inability to submit her homework lands Dorothy Sue Ann in the guidance counselor's office on a daily basis. No one believes her stories about the ravenous animals devouring her homework on the way to school each morning. When the hungry squid is on the loose, Dorothy's quick thinking saves the day. Act I also includes The Lump (2001) which is a parody proving that looks really are everything. This animated short featuring cutouts and 3-D backgrounds looks at the human qualities that lead to popularity and power. The Intermission features Emergency Numbers (1984); a silent short which features a fast paced cat-and-dog fight.
II "The Mind Within" includes Real Inside (1984)
which features Buck Boon, a cartoon looking for a job. This short
reminds me of a Roger rabbit style of animation, combining live action
with animation. The personnel manager is not used to dealing with
someone so "different," and this short pokes fun at hiring
practices and stereotypes. Also included in Act II is Scant Sanity
(1996) which is also introduced by Weldon with commentary on his personal
life as inspiration for this film. This short looks at life as different
levels of insanity. The last short on this video compilation is Of
Dice and Men (1988) which was apparently made on a simple office
computer. This short examines the theory of probability using a 17th
century dice game as the setting.
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