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September 10, 2007

Utopia In Progress Response

Utopia in Progress by Jenny Schmid is a very fun and playful animation film. It starts with a girl floating in on a ship that takes off into the sky. It then cuts to a boy wandering around with a mystical butterfly following close behind him. Out of nowhere, a UFO swoops down and picks him up. The girl then reappears, floating down from the sky with a parachute and lands on a skateboard. She then rides away and passes the boy, knocking books out of his hands. One of the books opens to a man dressed in a bear costume and that is dancing. The girl rides in on a comet and starts rocking out on the drums. Purple bubbles come out of the drum set to fill the screen to end the film. This film does not seem to make a whole lot of sense but is captivating and keeps your attention through the entire thing. It makes the view sit with anticipation, wondering what is going to happen next. The characters in the film are very stereotypical to all of her works. She also creates a great sense of motion even with just cut-out figures.