|BOTTOM'S DREAM (1983) - A multiplicity of animation techniques enlivens this vision of the struggle between Shakespeare's hapless buffoon and the forces of enchantment, set to the Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream by Felix Mendelssohn.
"An astonishing leap of talent and imagination. . . Canemaker shows that he is not only a first-rate artist, but a sensitive reader of our premiere poet." Donald Spoto, "The World According to Canemaker".
Animation Newsletter vol.III #2, June 1984, film review by Bob Kalin: "John Canemaker's monumental BOTTOM'S DREAM, easily the best film in the ASIFA-East festival, reassures one about the possibilities of animation and makes one want to shout from the rooftops about how wonderful it is. . . the most impressively experimental mainstream workout of animation I've seen since Zdenko Gasparovic's SATIEMANIA. . . Canemaker continues to be the artist to bridge the gap between commercial and independent animators."
Cartoons by Giannalberto Bendazzi: "A sarabande inspired by Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, the film is a tour de force-- a summary of the lessons of Disney and the post-Disney age, with constant changes of style and colours." Distributor: John Canemaker.
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