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Turns out I wasn't hungover, I was sick. Even better. But nothing cures a cold better than cartoons on the couch, or animation in a packed theatre. Funny how animation crowds are different from others---either alterno-arty creative types, guys in architecturally structured eyeglass frames or guys who drew really awesomely detailed dragons and guns and ladies with big boobs in their notebooks.

So I took in Frame X Frame 1 and Frame by Frame II. A few false technical starts--sadly, it took about three tries to get Ben Jeddrie's twist-tastic video for The Stolen Minks's "Stop Talking," but it was worth the effort to watch the Minks trash the world. Like any short program there were hits and misses, and I think this is a great lesson to filmmakers: it doesn't matter how many special effects or sight gags you pack into your film, if it doesn't have a story or a heart, it's just meh. And I won't remember it enough to even write about it. Highlights tomorrow when I get more battery power!

Not on the program, but here's a treat: Mike Holmes' video for The Superfantastics:

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