Film Review: JOY! BLUE MOON, (USA, Animation/Music)

Festival Reviews

This bright, happy musical number is full of starlight and technology. Literally. When the city goes to sleep, the technology that monitors the heavens comes to life. This three minute animated comedy is joyful romp through music and memory. Coming to us from the USA, the piece follows observatories, satellite dishes and radio towers all joining in harmony to the song “Blue Moon.” All bookkended by some very confused evening crew monitoring the event at their seats in the station.

There are many charming things about JOY BLUE MOON. One is that is uses a dated song and blends it with moderns technology, creating a lovely blend of old-and-new to create something lively and entertaining. Another, is that the animation somehow manages to capture a feeling a joy within the context of the technological pieces it uses as actors. The “actors”, the observatory, the satellite dishes, don’t have mouths, or…

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