Archive for May 26, 2019

The Sunday Intertitle: Beware of Chimps Bearing Intertitles

Posted in FILM, Science with tags , , , on May 26, 2019 by dcairns

THE PIRATES! IN AN ADVENTURE WITH SCIENTISTS!, from Aardman and director Phil Peter Lord, is really VERY good, and ought to be counted as a key film in the wondrous renaissance of Hugh Grant. One might think that playing an ebullient pirate captain would be an easy ask for anyone who’s studied their Robert Newton, but it’s quite a departure from the typical Grant approach up to that time: there’s not a trace of diffidence about this guy. He BOOMS!

But we’re here today to look at intertitles, which in this movie are actually carry-on props, wielded by Charles Darwin’s trained chimpanzee valet, Mr. Bobo.

This is, I think, a unique use of the intertitular form, and the art of animation enhances it, since Bobo is able to swap cards with superhuman supersimian speed, which helps the comedy timing. And the “naturalistic” justification is hilarious, since Mr. Bobo somehow magically has a card for every occasion.

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