I’m not sure what to think about, or how to review, The Absurd, Surreal, Metaphysical and Fractured Destiny of Cerebus the Aardvark. It was truly one of a kind for Independent Movie Review. I was looking forward to watching the project because it was an independently produced animated project, but like most other projects I think they bought off more than they could chew.
The technical inconsistencies really got in the way of being able to enjoy the story. I think Cerebus as a character had a gruffness and likability to him that could be developed into further or new adventures, but just not in this format. I’m probably not telling writer/director/producer, Oliver Simonsen, and team anything new, because they more than likely found out after they started this endeavor, or maybe not, who knows.
Honestly I’m not even sure if this type of movie is a genre now, if it is it would be long form video game story telling perhaps. So, if you’re into that then take a watch for a couple minutes or so, but sitting down for the entire adventure was a little taxing.
Yeah again, totally liked the look of Cerebus and his personality, but besides that the animation was inconsistent. Some of it was really amazing and crafted shots and then some of the scenes and characters just looked like they had to get something done.
The audio sounded like it was coming off an old 8 bit video game a lot of the time. That’s why I’m not sure if this was done on purpose and this type of project is a new genre or not. If this isn’t the case the simplest way to improve the project overall would have been to at least have clean audio and sfx.
Again I was looking forward to watching The Absurd, Surreal, Metaphysical and Fractured Destiny of Cerebus the Aardvark, but it really just had a vibe of whomever decided to try and tackle this project and then once they got started realized they have to just get it done. I guess that’s why there are a thousand people that work on a Pixar movie and they cost 100 million dollars to make.
But with that said, it really is a testament to the producer and team for completing the project and being able to do what they did, because I can only imagine how much effort it took to do what they got done. Live and learn I guess.