23 July 2016 | Petman88
A Handcrafted Alternative to 3D Sheen
I was given a chance to get a sneak peak at this movie in return for my honest opinion, which I'm happy to deliver here. As a fan of Cowan's previous work I'd been looking forward to this movie for years, and I am happy to say that I walked away from my viewing satisfied.
This film warms my animation-loving heart. I respect and appreciate all styles and techniques, but I'll always have a spot in my soul for the kind of 2D animation I grew up. This film might be made using the latest computer software but the art-style and fundamentals are rooted in the traditional work of Warner Brothers, UPA, and Hanna Barbera.
In Boxhead & Roundhead the titular friends and/or brothers are forced to leave their rural home when a mysterious object shot out of a nearby factory crushes it. They travel through a literal jungle to the urban jungle, where they are faced with the most horrifying force of all: bureaucracy.
The story isn't the most complicated in the world but as the story progressed I was pleasantly surprised to find it builds to something bigger than I'd expected. The start is a little slow but it ends in a frantic, funny, and satisfying conclusion.
I fully recommend Boxhead & Roundhead to anyone looking for a funny, handcrafted, and visually interesting piece of 2D art in a world of mega-million dollar 3D movie. This movie isn't perfect but most of its flaws are to be expected given the movie's minuscule budget. Some scenes feel a little dragged out and the audio recording isn't the best. If those sound like big deals to you then knock a few points off my score.
My 10/10 is for fans of independent animation, who understand the struggle animators go through to produce truly unique and independent work.