Visions of Frank – 7 Videos
Short films by Japan’s most audacious animators — all based on the Frank comics by Jim Woodring.
Frank is a unique, visionary comic, exquisitely drawn and so fully realized that adults and children alike find themselves drawn deeply into Woodring’s hallucinatory mindscape.
The stories, almost entirely wordless, are told with brilliant, candy colors that people of all ages find alluring. Frank is an 11-year-old generic anthropomorph who lives in a force-laden landscape called the Unifactor. He is curious but not smart, naive but not noble, and his most outstanding character trait is his ineducability. Along with Pupshaw, Frank’s semi-subservient housedog-like godling, the two traipse across their surreal landscape, occasionally encountering Manhog, the bloated bladder of sin with a heart of radiance who exists to thwart their prosperity. For all its mystery, the world of Frank is a simple, delightful, mesmerizing example of world-building at its most fanciful, surely to delight parents and children alike.
DVD features short films by Japan’s most audacious animators — all based on the Frank comics by Jim Woodring. Glorious, tender, psychotic, inspired, and astonishing! There are a total of 9 animations — including one by Woodring himself, to an original track by Bill Frisell — plus a bonus track, and a 16-page booklet with Frank comics and more. Animation by COCOA, Eri Yoshimura, Naomi Nagata, TAMAPRO/DROP, Taruto Fuyama, Masaki Maito, and Kanako Kawagushi. 48 minutes.
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