Tuesday, 23 March 2010

The Street Of Crocodiles review

I found it very difficult to understand and form a story out of 'Street of Crocodiles', I started of by understand that when the puppet was cut free, it was allowed to explore a world of mysteries and adventures. As it progressed, I failed to understand what was happening, and instead started to feel uncomfortable as a result of the 'uncanny' designs throughout. For me, this animation had me more concentrated on how well the environment manages to evoke such feelings. The relationship created between the objects are responsible for creating such a feeling, for example the ubiquitousness of screws throughout the animation, unscrewing themselves, made me feel uneasy. The colour used were also inspiring, as it created such a dingy, underground world. I believe 'The Street of Crocodiles' is an animation I will be revisiting, however, my main goal if anything, is to understand the storytelling used throughout.


  1. Interim Online Review 23/03/10

    Hi Bharathi,

    I think you've got it just about right with your story idea; it will be in the flourishes and detail that make it truly entertaining; for instance, on the crate that gets delivered, consider using the ACME logo familiar to all of us who love those bizarre deliveries sent to coyote in his attempt to catch road runner...


    This is big, bold, toony stuff and you need to embrace that style for this to be impactful and fun; consider having the star on top of the tree light up as the tree lands in place and the fairy-lights illuminate - a sort of 'ta da!'.

    Regarding your essay, see following post.

    oh - and regarding Street of Crocodiles - I don't think you're even meant to 'understand' it - I think you're simply meant to 'feel' it; I love the totality of the atmosphere; the stuff of very dark dreams...

  2. Use your introduction* to state clearly the investigative intention of your written assignment and the means by which you are going to support your discussion; for instance:

    ‘This essay will investigate the animated films of The Brothers Quay in relation to Freud’s theory of the Uncanny - with particular focus on Street of Crocodiles (1986) and The Comb (1990)…


    ‘The stop-motion animator, Ray Harryhausen is arguably the father of modern day cinematic fantasy. What follows is an investigation of his life and work in relation to the development of special effects…’

    Stylistically, it is often clarifying to begin with a key-note quote or bench mark statement that sets the scene for the discussion… for instance:

    ‘… the Brothers Quay's works are independent of any definable genre; indeed, the imitation of their unique style which can be observed in films of other animators are a complimentary gesture to the auteur style they have developed. Throughout their opus, a continuity can be observed - Quays' devotion to the marginal, the nobody and the unnoticed, elevated into the sublime…’ (Buchan: 1996)

    In her essay, Shifting Realities – The Brothers Quay – Between Live Action and Animation, Suzanne Buchan observes that other animators have imitated the unique style of the Brothers Quay. This investigation seeks to trace that influence by comparing their short 1986 film, Street of Crocodiles with Henry Selick’s Coraline (2009)…

    * If you can’t provide a succinct introduction for your discussion, chances are you’re not quite ready to write the essay. You need to make your argument clear – without one, you are submitting a ‘blancmange’.

    When referring to a film for the first time, always give proper title (with capital letters!), release date and director; after that, you can use title only. Please check spelling of film title – if it’s a made-up word, the spell check won’t know the difference!

    When referring to a person for the first time, use full name – after that, use surname only.

    You must use Harvard Method for quotations!

    Use footnotes for ‘additional’ information that is important or contextualizing but ‘outside’ of the main body of the essay.

    Please double-space your written assignments!

    You must provide a paper-copy at time of crit!