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These highly acclaimed animated short films, until now only available on VHS, have attained cult-film status and have been sought after by Larson fans and collectors for years since their original television and film festival screenings and home video releases. At long last, fans both old and new can enjoy Gary LarsonΓ??s Tales From The Far Side and Tales From The Far Side II films together on one DVD!
Gary LarsonΓ??s Tales From The Far Side and Tales From The Far Side II take you on a journey through the unique landscape of the comically scientific and strangely ironic musings of the ever-so-slightly twisted mind of Gary Larson, the creator of the renowned syndicated cartoon The Far Side??.
A 22-minute version of the award-winning Tales From The Far Side debuted as a Halloween special on CBS in 1994 and then disappeared while Larson worked on the sequel. The 45-minute Tales II was completed in 1997. An official selection for numerous film festivals and broadcast in the U.K. on BBC, Tales II was never seen on U.S. television. In 1999, Larson himself re-edited the full (30-minute) version of Tales I and, until now, both films have been available only on VHS. Both films are a collection of animated vignettes created almost exclusively by hand (drawn, inked, and painted) in traditional cel animation technique by the talented artists and animators at International Rocketship, a Canadian animation studio under the direction of Marv Newland (Bambi Meets Godzilla). With minor exceptions, these are dialogue-free vignettes (12 in Tales I and 16 in Tales II), segueing from one little world to another and range in duration from several seconds to several minutes. The usual panoply of Far Side charactersΓ??cavemen, cowboys, time-travelers, headhunters, insects, amoebae, wolves, gorillas, dinosaurs, hunters, beer-guzzling aliens, insolent cats, mad farmer scientists, and, of course, cowsΓ??are all here. ItΓ??s The Far Side weΓ??re already familiar with, alternately funny, bizarre, baffling, and at times poignant. Only now, things are moving.
Both films feature original musical compositions by Grammy?? award-winning guitarist Bill Frisell, whose talent provides the musical voice to LarsonΓ??s paradoxical and incongruous humor. The LA Weekly says Γ?It fits that Bill Frisell would produce the most personal, emotionally evocative music of his career to-date for a set of compositions inspired by the comic strip The Far Side.Γ?
Tales I: Gary Larson, Writer/Creator; Marv Newland, Director (original version); Toni Carmichael, Exec. Producer.
Tales II: Gary Larson, Writer/Creator; Marv Newland and Gary Larson, Directors; Toni Carmichael, Exec. Producer; Dennis Heaton, Producer. Produced and Presented by FarWorks, Inc.