Japanese animator/illustrator/director Masanobu Hiraoka is the most recent member of Je Regarde, a French studio aimed at promoting creative animation. Masanobu is a self-educated artist with a passion for developing things “based on metamorphosis and strange or impossible motions he sets up in an unlikely reality.” I think the most daunting aspect of watching imaginative animation is also its most beautiful feature: there’s hardly a need to analyze what the creator intended to portray; its purpose is to inspire and stimulate your own faculties.
What would it look like if a child could explore, touch, and even ingest their own mind? The lullabyesque melodies in “Uneasiness and Triangle” and “On the Table” immerse me in a dream where such things are conceivable. “Shake” is set in a monochromatic forest. Giant hands orchestrate a tranquil setting of peaceful apparitions, intended for one who saunters down a path far removed from reality. And finally, “Way” takes us on a stroll through a typical real world setting – but with a colorful twist, of course. Masanobu juxtaposes the mundane with abstraction and imagination. These four whimsical shorts are fascinating enough to captivate a child, but I hope you find that there are intriguing elements fit for a more mature audience. Enjoy!
“Uneasiness and Triangle”
“On the Table”