Crazy For It – Review

TOKYO POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY Graduation Film – Director / Animation KUBO YUTARO

Music NISHIDA Shuta (dr. KANEGAWA Takuya) Assistant MAIYA Satomi / KAMIOSAKO Toshiki

© KUBO Yutaro / 2012

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Kubo Yutaro graduated from Tokyo Polytechnic University in 2012.

He is known for animated productions such as 00.08, Kicking Box, Balloon and Crazy For It. His style is unique, effervescent and reinvigorating – using abstract forms and dancing lines and shapes to take the viewer out of the ordinary. Just like other of his animations – Crazy For It begins as a sketch of a simplistic fact of life – a man wants to brush his teeth and in the midst of this peculiar, random and mundane act – flashes of color and imagery of how the mind can wander off when it is not occupied with dilemmas – appear. We see an escape into a world filled with impossible contours, shadows, congruent silhouettes, figures and abstracted symmetry.

We observe the materials used in the creation of this short film – colored ink, ballpoint pens and oil-based pastels. The first part of the movie has a white background while the second part invokes a darker one. Also there are tons of nuances and colors used – striking variety and how the mind can perceive reality an transform it into subliminal musical and visual poetry.

It is a tale about the limits of creativity and expression of the artist’s potential through a visualized day-dream.

Kubo Yutaro Official Site

Crazy For It on MyAnimeList

Crazy For It on Vimeo

Crazy For It on Google Search

Crazy For It in the London International Animation Festival program

Entries in the Australian International Animation Festival

Kubo Yutaro entries on CineLounge

Crazy For It on LetterBoxd

Crazy For It on Japan Media Arts Festival

Yutaro Kubo on IMDB

Crazy For It on YouTube

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