Lorenzo (2004)
Lorenzo (2004)

Genre: Short and Fairy Tale Running Time: 5 min.

Release Date: May 28th, 2004 MPAA Rating: G

Director: Mike Gabriel Actors: None

 


 

A

s writer/director Mike Gabriel stated, despite listening to hundreds of tango music tracks to find the right piece, he ended up going with the very first tune on the very first CD he heard – a sensational work entitled “Bordoneo y 900” by Juan Jose Mosalini and his Big Tango Orchestra. As not only inspiration but also narration for this clever tale, the track undoubtedly makes the picture. With no spoken dialogue and no subtitles, “Lorenzo” is an utterly mesmerizing, universally understandable blend of music and visuals, boasting unnerving riffs and romantic interludes set against hilarity and horror as black magic gets the better of gluttony and callousness.

Lorenzo the cat spends his time reclined in his warm bed, eating shrimp and mocking the stray felines that gather around his window to stare with sad eyes as if begging for even the discarded tails of Lorenzo’s delicacies. When the fat cat laughs at a tailless black Siamese, the angered passerby casts a spell on Lorenzo’s own fluffy appendage, causing the limb to gain a life of its own – intent on whisking its attached victim into a frenzied tango. In a cruel twist of irony, Lorenzo just might have to lop off his possessed tail to rid himself of the never-ending dance.

The animation is quite fitting, juxtaposing traditional techniques against black construction paper paintings augmented by 3D brush strokes for a high-contrast look. The environments appear as if Lorenzo is in a permanent night club setting (the only place for a true tango), even though he walks on electrical lines and attempts to kill his spirited tail by tying it to railroad tracks. Though the short is dark and decidedly morbid, the creativity is unequaled; rarely do pictures and sounds and concepts so amusingly jibe.

– Mike Massie

  • 9/10