Review of “Animal Behaviour” (2018)

Moving picture, 14 minutes

Seen in 2019.

Anthropomorphic animals in group therapy.

An unusually extreme effort to mine Cartesian memes: Animals as automatons and creatures of emotion versus the rationality implicit in anthropomorphization. As usual, the contrasts are intended to be comedic, and the film is funny, but the character gallery extends to a leech and a mantis, hence beyond the usual farm and picture-book animals. This implies an effort to think about the memes, but ultimately, there is no point made about human sphexishness.

moving picture animation fiction