EL DOCTOR is a dark animated poem set in a crumbling Mexican hospital about 1920. Inhabited by surreal characters including the man shot with one hundred holes, the girl who sprouted morning-glories, and the woman who thinks she is a horse, the Doctor prefers to drink. The Saint of Holes and a mysterious gargoyle rearrange the Doctor’s fated demise and send him on a dark and twisted journey.
The film celebrates the nature of perception and the miraculous. Over five years in production the film was entirely hand painted by artists in Los Angeles and Mexico.
“Tinged with elements of magic realism and Mexican culture, and told using vivid oil colors, American animation El Doctor is a dazzling, haunting and poignant evocation of a man’s final moments.”
(Chris Robinson, ANIMATION WORLD MAGAZINE)
“It’s safe to say the legendarily absurdist Luis Buñuel might have sparked to the sordid, gruesome charms of renowned animator Suzan Pitt’s five-years-in-the-making short “El Doctor”. A trippy, magic-realist expedition through the mind of a pickled old Mexican doctor on his regret-filled last day on Earth, “El Doctor” makes rich use of Pitt’s hand-drawn movement technique: Her squirmy human (and nonhuman) forms wiggle in the frame like a bacteria party in a festive petri dish. She also incorporates other dazzling experimental processes, including sand animation and painting directly onto film stock. Overall the effect is playfully grim and somehow wondrous, an ode to the living, breathing fantastic in Mexican folk art.”
(Robert Abele, LA TIMES)
And the obligatory nude picture:
Language:English and Spanish