“Banjo the Woodpile Cat” is a 26-minute brief about an irascible speaking kitten named Banjo (Sparky Marcus) who causes mischief to the purpose of harm. When he almost kills considered one of his sisters, Banjo’s father (Ken Sansom) sends Banjo out to fetch a beating swap meant for Banjo’s corporal punishment. Somewhat than be overwhelmed, Banjo takes to the street and treks into the large metropolis (truly Salt Lake Metropolis the place Bluth lived) the place he runs afoul of the human visitors. He ultimately falls in with quite a few metropolis cats earlier than finding a truck that may drive him residence. When he returns residence, all is forgiven.
Like a lot of Bluth’s work, “Banjo” seems on its floor to be a lighthearted and pleasant romp, however quickly skews into darkness and unhappiness. A whole lot of Bluth’s movies, particularly within the early Eighties, emerges as dank, scary, or tragic. Even the Spielberg-produced “An American Tail” from 1986 is usually about how unhappy the mouse characters really feel in being separated. “Banjo” is not a lot an journey as a survival story.
The character animation in “Banjo” is first fee, and it is definitely a sight higher than loads of Disney fare from the Nineteen Seventies. If one notices a “shaggy” visible model in Nineteen Seventies Disney animated fare, it is as a result of the studio had taken to utilizing an animation method known as xerography, which might permit for the photocopying of animation cels. It was a good way to economize, but additionally a good way to make a movie look cheaper than it was. “Banjo,” as its origin story would belie, appears prefer it was painstaking hand-animated over the course of 4 years. The story is detailed on various animation websites, in addition to in the Los Angeles Times.