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  • Summary: Nearly two years in the making, the 23-minute It's Such a Beautiful Day is Don Hertzfeldt's longest, and most ambitious, piece to date: blending traditional animation, experimental optical effects, trick photography, and new digital hyrbids printed out one frame at a time, the movie was captured entirely on an antique 35mm animation stand, one of the last remaining cameras of its kind left in America. (Bitter Films) Collapse
  • Director: Don Hertzfeldt
  • Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Drama, Fantasy, Comedy, Music, Animation, Short
  • Runtime: 23 min
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  1. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Oct 4, 2012
    90
    Considering that he's a stick figure, Bill, the main character in It's Such a Beautiful Day, sure does have a complex internal life. And this animated film by Don Hertzfeldt does an amazing job of making you feel it, in all its sadness, terror and transcendence.
  2. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Oct 2, 2012
    80
    Seeing "the years [slip] out of [Bill's] head" in this 71-minute compendium is nothing short of revelatory.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Oct 6, 2012
    80
    A truly moving meditation on identity, family and (as the title of his previous short immodestly put it) the meaning of life, Hertzfeldt's magnum opus is more cosmically satisfying than "The Tree of Life."
  4. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    Oct 3, 2012
    75
    By favoring the repetition of gestures over plot or graphics, Don Hertzfeldt argues that animation is, at its essence, a kinetic rather than simply visual form of expression.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Oct 10, 2012
    70
    Had James Thurber worked in animation, the waggish result might look and sound a bit like It's Such a Beautiful Day, indie cartoonist Don Hertzfeldt's alternately poignant and absurdist triptych.
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