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El Doctor, Joy Street & Asparagus: The Wonderfully Strange and Surreal Animation of Suzan Pitt


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: B-     Film: C



Dark, twisted, tantalizing, and inspiring.  There are many words that can describe the art of Suzan Pitt with her different and skillful style that transfers somewhat difficultly to film, but nevertheless interesting.  In this DVD entitled The Wonderfully Strange and Surreal Animation of Suzan Pitt compilation we have three animated short films including Asparagus, Joy Street, and El Doctor.  Each animated film is interesting for its own individuals reasons.  Suzan Pitt’s art is simply amazing that is mostly inspired by many Mexican elements from the dark and eerie side to the brighter hopeful sides of rebirth and renewal.


The animated short ‘Asparagus’ is quite abstract and maintains a sexually charged atmosphere throughout with its blend of color, characters, and decadence in its nightmare/twisted world.  A second animated short ‘Joy Street’ maintains Pitt’s dark aura using the central story of a suicidal woman who is saved by the most unlikely of characters and risen up to a place of self realization and renewal.  The final short ‘El Doctor’ centers on life of a doctor in the 1940’s, this short utilizing the art of Mexico as its backdrop, a doctor who spends more time in the bar than the operating room.  This last short contains the best storyline, art, and holds an audiences interest to the end.


The picture quality is adequate at best in its 1.33 X 1 full frame format at times being grainy and dark even beyond the intended nature of Suzan Pitt’s artwork.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is also lacking somewhat muffled, unclear, and has balance issues.  The extras are the saving grace of the DVD featuring a much disserved featurette on the making of Suzan Pitt’s animation, a Suzan Pitt Art Gallery, and further features on the artist.


Overall, this DVD is an excellent presentation of Suzan Pitt’s animation for fans and new comers.  Pitt emphasizes the concepts of a dark art style infused with Mexican culture, the blending together of these styles creates art that is intriguing and interesting.  Overall, this particular title is a good DVD with interesting art concepts.



-   Michael P Dougherty II


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