Just like many of his very vague looking works, but with really deep meanings to them, this is yet another short by Yutaro Kubo, under the title of “Crazy for it”, just the name of the creator should be enough to build up an image on the visuals you're going to be getting, this is a special kind of shorts, where the viewer's attention is highly required, the art can serve as both eye candy, very entertaining and very relaxing to look at, but also is a dangerous distraction, you can't tell if it's done by purpos or not, but the catch and the moral
of the story ought to be hidden and/or at least not easily caught on, that way, the viewer is rewarded for understanding the signs that not a lot of the viewers even noticed at the end of the short.
- Story (7/10):
This a story about redemption, about knowing what's like to fail but never giving in to failure, a story about hardships and overcoming them. It all starts when a male figure stars directing at you, knowing that the only thing that visually separates the both of you is a screen, which could also refer to as a mirror, in order words, you're looking at yourself, the author wants you to think of that person as yourself, he wants you to experience something relatable, something we all at some point or another went/will go through, the figure starts off by washing their face, indicating that they just woke up, then immediately gets ready to brush their teeth, as soon as they toothpast makes contact with their teeth, the visuals change completely, showing some abstracts of someone running towards something, the author wants you to think of it as you following a dream, running down the path of life so intensly acomanied by a heavy color swapping, which could indicate immotions, the figure would struggle time to time, collapsing and then standing back again to complete its run with nothing stopping it, filled with a lot of energy and compassion.
At some point, tall structures begin to grow, with the figure voices them back and forth, those are the struggles that would stop one's dreams and pull them into depression, we see the figure's hand open up to the horizon, that could symbolize hope, and the nearby reward for a great effort, the figure continues running until we're back to the same guy brushing his teeth like nothing happened, now, was that all his imagination? Was he day-dreaming? Was he thinking about the distant goal? Maybe it was all about the journey of the toothpaste being rubbed on his teeth, no matter it was, our character has a life to live, he has dreams, he has things to look forward too, after all, we all do.
- Art (9/10):
The short consisted of multiple sketches, abstractly colored, there was often a change of the style in both the animation and art, the use of colors was very strong in some parts, but completely absent in others, they emphasized certain emotions perfectly, it was so amazing how a sudden change of style can really make something stand up from the others, like the human anatomy figures used in complicated dance poses.
- Sound (7.5/10):
Very fast paced, was suitable to the animation, it blended well with the motion and backgrounds, nothing major remarkable, it was amazing to see how multiple instruments were used to achieve a certain “hype” for few moments, like how the track started very simple, to only get complicated as the short progressed to only fade out at the end.
- Character (8/10):
The main protagonist, who feels like a teenage adult that gives you that relatable vibe about him, you can see how calm he is, casually doing is morning routine, till we enter his mind, where we see how he wildly thinks, and he pictures aspects of life, and how compassionate he is.
- Enjoyment (8.5/10):
What really brought me here is another of Yutaro Kubo works, “00:08”, another fantastic piece of art, my main satisfaction was with the relaxing feel of the visuals and music, the catch behind the short wasn't half bad either.
- Overall (8/10):
Yes, it is another of those “not-for-everyone” movies, I would recommend this to the more mature type of viewers, the ones that are looking for something realistic and relatable.
So here we are again with another review of Kubo Yuutarou's works..I am a fan of his works of art and
This is the time for "Crazy for it"
So I rewatched this a couple of times and I think I got the meaning behind it..unlike 00:08 this was a bit harder to find
but In the end I give it an 8 and now you're going to find why:
Story and Art(Because like his other works the "story" is told with art,images and forms...or I must say in Yuutarou's case with over the limits and with extreme liberty of expression) I have to judge story and art together
and in this case I give those an 8.5
This is a short of 4 minutes telling the story of a man waking up every day and as he goes brushing his teeth we are suddenly transported in a very colored world with a very energetic music that follow our ride
The man every day as he wakes up he think about his limit in terms of creativity and he wants to pass then..he wants to fully express his art...he don't want any restriction in his daily routine
Yuutarou's works are all about creativity and themes surrounding it
and In this case it is stronger than ever..I must say that if in 00:08 we have a soft but yet progressive creativity till becoming insane and disturbing creativity that is troubling and "eating" the man every day bringing it to madness because he has to constantly put out ideas..fresh and great ideas because he has restricted times..here we have a different approach..we have our protagonist thinking about his creativity in a "light hearted way" and he wants to improve what he's drawing..what he's animating everyday and to test different methods of art..to be sperimental..why? Because he wants the best out of his art..and every day he pushes is to the limits..
we see a man running and constantly changing forms and colors..we have an interesting use of patterns and painting too..as we change background the techniques for drawing the running "stickman" are changing..and so does the camera shots.. those rotate everytime and the director tries to give us views from different places with different techniques
In a general way though the short like his other works are done with these characteristics: Rough drawings and style that wants to put out a lot of things..speedy and dynamic camera that expand and give views from different places..
In this case we have even changing backgrounds and a large use of colors..a wide amount of them..I just love those..we have like drawings done with blu pen or other pens..and that style it is awesome
What I love about this short is also the beginning with columns growing out of the ground..and Kubo's style in general to transform little things in bigger things
By little things you can reach bigger goals infact
The palette of colors is just so wide that I can't love this man
Plus Animations and Art + Music/Sound: I give it a 8/9 the music is energetic and it fits perfectly what this short tries to convey to the viewer..
as the man is every day putting out new and creative ideas..what I love about mixing the music and art in his style is that the art follows perfectly the rhythm and it deforms.
One thing to say about the art is the amount of things Yuutarou put in different frames..like the end part...he puts a big amount of different things..like planets..the moon...toys....and they alternate perfectly, they replace the original forms that delineate the drawing of the man
(this happens even in 00:08)
It is a very energetic rock music
SPOILER AND INTERPRETING/+ SUMMARY
So our man everyday is constantly putting out new and fresh ideas and he pushes them to its limits..thinking about improving everyday..till he becomes crazy about his passion and keeps sperimenting..in his daily routine
It all started a day when suddenly an impulse appeared and you start to make your creativity explode
The man that pushes to the limit can be interpreted in this way because he's not running in a normal way..his legs are pushed a lot forward
In a certain point we have a use of patterns inside the stickman that he's running and not a normal stickman anymore because compared to the beginning of the short he isn't that thin..this represent the fact that he's improving and constantly trying to that..
The only part that isn't convincing me for now is the one with the drawings of the girl..but anyway..everything is deforming a lot and I love it
Enjoyment: I'm a huge fan of his works..and If you read all of this you probably already watched the short..but I should say that I enjoyed a lot this short..I give a 8/9 for that
Be sure to check out his other works..in particular 00:08
Overall: I give it an 8 maybe 8.5...I love this approach to creativity..but I think I prefer the one in 00:08 because he has a bit more to offer
So if you want a very energetic short with pumped up music go for this and if you're willing to interprete it..go for it you want regret it
Thanks all of you that you are still reading this review..and please bear with me my inaccurate english..See you next review
To be clear, I don't quite know if this film is supposed to be telling a story or not; however, the amount of effort put into this is evident and the visuals are fantastic. They don't follow the music but they're fast paced, ebbing and flowing, covering a range of mediums including ink, pencil, pastel, and watercolor (plus possibly more that I couldn't differentiate). Everything is drawn by hand, frame by frame, in both black & white and in color. It's kind of amazing how well animated it is considering there are a lot of traditional animations out there that end up really disjointed looking
even without switching between tons of different tools. I'm probably biased because I used to animate when I was a kid and have a soft spot for work-heavy pieces like this.
The music was fine. Nothing special. It's the kind of vocal-less track you find in art films that doesn't stand out but isn't bad. It complimented the art in its own way.
I don't know how much enjoyment someone could get out of this if they don't care much about animation/art and are just looking for a story (or music) so maybe skip it if you're not interested in the tools/mediums themselves.