The Walrus is feeling depressed. He has everything, but feels something is missing in his life... Are you Walrus?
“I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together,” so John Lennon sang. Walrus are us, Luke Randall reaffirms. Australian born and Los Angeles based filmmaker, Luke has a strong DIY vibe as he produces, writes, directs and edits his films and animations – viewed over 1.5 million times online and at festivals around the world.
The Walrus is a surreal dramedy exploring the depression of a walrus (played by an intense Rodrigo Huerta, with the stunning make-up by Samantha Nalchajian), victim of himself and his unsatisfactory life. Tense sleep, wake up late in the morning, canned sardines breakfast, pain fueled by a Pacific Coast postcard standing on the fridge. The mailbox is still empty. Smoking round the pool, a good book and the passion for RC helicopters can’t fill his huge empty. Looking at yourself in the mirror is so sorrowful, the phone rings and no one answers. Gloomy and resigned, the walrus turns on the TV and surfing through a car chase, a boxing match and a shooting, here comes the twist: I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together…
Like Spike Jonze‘s Charles the dog and Pablo Larcuen‘s Elephant, The Walrus is an intimate and bizarre story of alienation and self awareness, loss of innocence and explosion of regrets for what we’ve left behind (and fail to face). Randall has a powerful storytelling and directing approach (the steadicam shot at the end — and its post — is a blazing display of bravura), mixing a ludic and dreamlike tone, filming with dense frame front shots, using three songs by Keith Kenniff, Henry the Rabbit and Dustin Ransom for the ethereal and lost score. Magical realism flowing through Ventura’s interiors and beaches – a fascinating and intriguing descent into a universal, weird and familiar story with a digital look marred by an anamorphic distortion feel.
Randall has created animation for many of Dreamworks Animation’s feature films (Turbo, Puss in Boots, Megamind, Shrek Forever After, Open Season 2) and has directed the robo-animated short Reach (2009) and the future noir turbo drama Eyes of the City (2015).
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