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disturbing and amazing clay weirdness
on 14 February 2005
This film is a fascinating and moving look into the secret life of a social misfit - a child born a fraction the size of a normal human being, who is kidnapped from his parents and transported to a bizarre testing laboratory. The film's mix of claymation and real-life stop motion gives it a disturbing edge, where the grotesque seeps from every crack in the grime-filled settings. But not only is this film quite disturbing and dark, it also has some moments of bitter-sweet humour. It seems to me to be a very sensitive film that looks at how "freaks" are treated by society, and the vulnerabilty and innocence of childhood (as well as just having amazing visuals). You feel genuine protectiveness and fear for Tom, who doesn't yet understand the evils of the world he has been brought into. This is my favourite film, and I recommend it highly to anyone who loves dark stuff that makes you think. Just a warning though - don't show it to kids unless you want to disturb them for years! I first watched it when I was about 6 and I've never been able to get those freaky images out of my head since!