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The grotesque Austrian humor in the animated film Snotty Boy
June 14, 2021

The grotesque Austrian humor in the animated film Snotty Boy

It happens very rarely to look beyond the Austrian borders for animated productions. The animated film Snotty Boy is one of the exceptions.
A humor, as well as the visual style, very grotesque and very in line with the Austrian/German culture is what brings us to Rotzbub (this is the original title), an animated feature film that it moves away from any animated title.

The story presents us a human characters, in other productions usually imagined with a very rounded style or with a design that winks a lot to youngest audience, here represented with a more grotesque style, based on the drawings of the Austrian cartoonist Manfred Deix (1949-2016).

Set in 1960s in Siegheilkirchen, a small town in the Austrian hinterland that is steeped in reactionary, ultra-Catholic attitudes, the son of a hard-working innkeeper - known as Snotty Boy to all and sundry - is at odds with the narrow-minded confines of his home town. But his unstoppable talent for drawing gives him an outlet for his discontent as well as entertaining his school mates and exposing the town’s bigwigs in all their ridiculousness to a collective orgy of unashamed laughter, thus saving his beloved, the ravishingly pretty Mariolina, from malicious persecution by a handful of political die-hards.

The film is directed by Marcus Rosenmuller (live-action films director in his first experience with animated films) together with veteran animator Santiago Lopez Jover and the story written by Martin Ambrosch.

In Austrian and German theaters this summer, the film is in competition at Annecy which kicked off just today.

Here the trailer with English dub:

[ Fra - source CartoonBrew ]
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