Feb 25, 2015

Review: Western Spaghetti (2008)

I've already seen a PES short film before and that was when Fresh Guacamole was nominated for Best Animated Short at the 85th Academy Awards in 2013. I remember going ahead and watching three out of the five films that made up the category and coming out quite impressed with FG. Best word to describe it? Satisfying.


Genre: short, animation
Directed by: PES
Produced by: N/A
Written by: PES
Music by: N/A
Running time: 2 minutes
Production company:  PES Productions
Distributed by: N/A
Country: United States
Language: N/A
Budget: N/A
Box office: N/A

IMDb entry

Starring: N/A



Using regular household objects as ingredients, they come together to form a delicious plate of pasta and sauce.


Western Spaghetti may have be released several years before Fresh Guacamole, but I can tell you that it's pretty much just as satisfying to watch. Candy corn plays the part of flames on a gas stove, pin cushions play the part of tomatoes and sticky notes play the part of butter. I know this all sounds very weird in writing if you've never seen a PES film before, which is why I recommend you go find PES' YouTube channel and check out his videos. Don't worry, they're all quite short and you'll understand better.

So you saw a few of his videos? Good. Well for Western Spaghetti and all the rest of his films I believe, PES uses a technique called pixilation. It's a form of stop motion animation that uses live actors while all the action is captured frame by frame. There's no doubt that it's a pretty labourious process, but the effect is just astounding and incredibly entertaining.

There's just something about a cube from a Rubik's Cube being chopped up into littler cubes of a Rubik's Cube that titillates the senses isn't there? The chopping sound for this scene and really all the sounds in Western Spaghetti as a whole add a lot of weight and realism to the whole production. Without that sound, no way would the visuals be as striking as the are.

Western Spaghetti is perhaps a tiny bit less fluid than Fresh Guacamole is, but that's no surprise since four years separate the two. That's not to take anything away from PES' work in WS, because it's truly an impressive piece of animation. I mean, who could've ever thought that a plate of spaghetti made with regular household objects could look so appetizing? Guess what I want for dinner now.



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