Wednesday, August 19, 2020

[SHORTS REVIEW] Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions (1991)



Title: Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions

Country: United States

Genre: Surrealism / Horror / Science Fiction / Adventure

Company: MTV Networks

Directed by: Henry Selick

Year: 1991

MPAA Rating / TV Rating: N/A

Buy on:  N/A

The story starts off with two Siamese twin sisters getting out of their bed and sneaking up to the attic, where their brother Robert Potemkin stays in.  Just as the sisters were planning on pranking their brother, a group of sentient lizards ended up transporting Robert to another dimension where he has to save a town full of photographed people from an army of sentient scissors.

Now, I know what you are thinking:  what kind of plot line is this?  Lizards having the power to transport people to other dimensions?  People made out of photographs being tortured by an army of living scissors?  Yep, I thought that I've seen weirder from Henry Selick like "James and the Giant Peach" and "Monkeybone."  But "Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions" is probably the weirdest thing that I have ever seen from Henry Selick!  It's amazing that this short was Henry Selick's directorial debut and it was meant to become a TV series for MTV.  But around that time, Henry Selick got the opportunity to direct "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and this short ended up not being picked up for a TV series.  I would have to say that there was a good side and bad side to this.  The bad side is that this short was never picked up for a TV series, which is a shame because I would have loved to see more adventures with Slow Bob and the other dimensions and see more from these characters.  On the other hand, we did get "The Nightmare Before Christmas," which remains to be one of my all-time favorite movies!  What I loved about this short was the animation itself!  Henry Selick's talent in stop motion animation really shines here and I especially loved the way that the short had a great balance between live action and stop motion animation.  I especially loved the scene where Slow Bob goes to the dimension with the photograph people and the animation for the photograph people and the living scissors were bizarre yet so lively to look at.  It was also impressive seeing Slow Bob transform from a live action actor to a cut out version of himself once he enters the other dimension as it adds some creativity to the short.  I also loved how creepy this short was as the first half of the short takes place during the nighttime, which is a fantastic setting for anything creepy and the appearances of the scissors in the other dimension was probably the creepiest thing in the short!

The only problem that I have with this short is that the plot can be very confusing and I wished that they expanded more on the characters.  I found myself confused at how the world works in this short as I wondered about how Slow Bob was able to get lizards who can teleport him to another dimension and whether or not he had powers himself.  That's the main reason why I wanted to see this short get its own series; so that way they could expand more on the characters and the world that they live in.

Overall, "Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions" is a truly bizarre yet intriguing short that was pretty interesting to watch!  Even though this short never got the chance to become a TV series, I was still interested in the bizarre world of this short and maybe someday, they might revisit this short and turn it into a TV series someday!



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