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Titanic on a Plane

by wooah


I don't think there has ever been a more deliberate title to a film in this competition. But unlike say the annoying self-aware pastiche of SNAKES ON A PLANE, here we got a sinister guffaw-inducing stick figure stitch up of James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster.

Every memorable beat from the cruiseliner was turned upside down, from Jack's "flying" to the naked portrait, which utilized one of the required elements of this year's comp very effectively.

For those uninitiated it would be easy to say that this was basic animation, and to an extend it was by simplifying characters to rudimentary stick figures. However the movement was really smooth, voice work on point, sound design in particular folley providing strong world building for the plane, and the cinematic framing top notch so within seconds it allowed complete focus on the jokes.

It's just a really funny film with a nice (well, not nice, very very dark) arc to it. I guess the question to me would be whether parody is going to be valued particularly highly by the judges. Having been a regional judge in the past the mantra we were always given was to focus on originality first and foremost. Having said that the film is subversive AF, so it may come back to the depth of characters or lack thereof in terms of progressing further in the comp. I loved it myself.

Story: 3/5
Technical: 4/5
Elements: 4/5
Overall: 3.5/5

I get it. Its good self-aware comedy with an animation style that works perfectly for the humor. but what was your plan here? To get into the grand finals and show a 9/11 joke on national TV?

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