Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Pedro Serrazina "Tale About the Cat and the Moon"

I have been researching animation in black and white. It's not an original observation but it can be a classy combination. Pedro Serrazina's Tale About the Cat and the Moon (1995) plays with a series of striking juxtapositions of light and shadow, black cat, white moon or, such is the intricacy of the patterns, is it a white cat? The narration speaks of an obsession that is more passionate than my Anglo Saxon tastes should allow, a cat endlessly yearning for the shining spectre of the moon. Sailing around the globe in a tiny boat, leaping from rooftops, gazing upwards, the pursuit goes on far into the blackness of night. I have had dogs I understand, but I've never fathomed the inscrutable depths of my feline companions, certainly never when darkness arrives. At the close, after some delicious and clever interweaving of black and white, the white cat gets to snuggle up to its curvy mate. Highly charged music by Tentúgal adds to the sexual voltage of the piece. Fourteen years on and black and white certainly has not gone out of fashion: class tells. Pedro is currently Course Leader, BA Animation at Maidstone College, part of the University for the Creative Arts (UCA).


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