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Wonderlens: Aquarium of the Aliens
Other // Unrated // December 4, 2002
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Review by Todd Siechen | posted January 13, 2003 | E-mail the Author
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I love animation. This is why I am an animator myself. I love all sorts of animated films and cartoons but especially love 3D animation. Much of the stuff I like most adults target at the kids. Well this DVD wins the prize for the strangest animated DVD I have ever seen. It's so bizaar that I had a hard time even classifying it. The makers call it a "Lens" or "Wonderlens" into an underwater alien zoo type of aquarium atmosphere where the viewer is taken on a tour of a large variety of strange imaginative alien creature and their cultures.

This is definitely geared toward children even though they have a kids and an adult tours. I found myself losing interest very fast after I started to watch it. There is no story, it's just a parading of the 23 different alien life forms that Joe Clasen and Susan Ishida dreamed up and animated in somewhat unique albeit simplistic fashion. It's very colorful and very imaginative and almost acts like an ambient aquarium you can leave on in the background without any of the audio which is just a narrator documenting all the details of each alien you see on the screen. Unfortunately the aquarium background stays the same during the whole tour.

Extras:
Feed the Aliens - Short clips of the aliens eating. Nothing terribly interesting here. Should have been added to the larger presentation.
Castellar Cafe - 4 Silly animated alien style dishes with narration. Very strange.
Besmou Birthday Party - This looks like animation tests almost. 3 animations of various alients coming out of packages.
W.A.R.P. - Wonderlens Aliens Research Project - Ok now this is much more interesting than the other bonus features. We get a sort of mini encylcopedia of each of the aliens with commenst and info about each one with a picture.

Summary: I have no idea how to really sum up on this DVD. There isn't anything to realy compare it to therefore it stands in its own. This could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on who is looking. I suppose I might buy this if my kid really liked it, but as an adult animator, it's not something I would buy to put in my animation library.
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