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Video Review: 'The Brothers Quay Collection'

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The Brothers Quay Collection

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
genre:
Animation

We gave it a B

Hey, I’m all for art for art’s sake. And animation is an art form, so shouldn’t there be room on the shelves for material other than Disney and Japanimation? Timothy and Stephen Quay, twin Londoners by way of Pennsylvania, must think so, or else they wouldn’t have spent nine years (from 1984 to 1993) crafting the 10 Kafkaesque stop-motion shorts included here. Some of them — though done with the same level of craft as Nick Park’s Wallace and Gromit films — play extremely masturbatory (like a great deal of abstract art does). A couple of shorts, however, specifically ”Street of Crocodiles,” with its pearlescent, baby-faced characters and raw meat, do deliver a surrealistically depraved charge, much like Tool’s 1994 video for ”Sober,” which was clearly inspired by the Quays’ work. No, nothing here makes any sense, but art doesn’t have to. B