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Oedipus2004

  • 3.3
The story of Oedipus in eight minutes, performed by vegetables in the tradition of BEN HUR. A sword-and-salad epic, in classic CinemaScope. Featuring a potato, a tomato, broccoli, garlic and Billy Dee Williams as the Bartender. WARNING: Contains scenes of vegetable sensuality.

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Based on a recommendation, I watched this with my family over the weekend. I had no idea that stop action vegetables could emote. Really a great short. Well worth the time!

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Based on a recommendation, I watched this with my family over the weekend. I had no idea that stop action vegetables could emote. Really a great short. Well worth the time!

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The concept does not improve on the story

This short film does something really special. It takes its cues from the wrought emotions of Greek drama, and the action and dialogue of Sandal and Sword epics in classic Hollywood, but only to play them off of the vegetables. Jason Wishnow wisely chooses to let the medium speak for itself, as he tells the story with a straight face. If done with anything less ridiculous than fruit, there would likely have been too much camp in the Golden Age Hollywood aspects, and too little substance to justify the Greek turns. The stop motion animation though allows these things a place as they are undermined for a hilarious and brief look at the legend. I almost wish he had done the entirety of Sophocles trilogy in this way.

A well~taught story. Not distracting in any way. I'll view it again and again. Pass the Ranch, please...