Rejected - When I said earlier that I had never seen any of this guy's works, I lied. I completely forgot about this. I saw it years ago on the internet and thought it was sorta humourous, but it never really stuck with me. I'm not even sure what to say about this. A bunch of short animated clips with unrelated and abrupt jokes. The simplistic and seemingly innocent artstyle contrasting against the darker and more grotesque themes of the skits is really the defining characteristic of this short. While most of this didn't really appeal to me at all when I watched it this week, the bit with the crumpling paper and everything falling apart around the animated characters was actually pretty interesting. I wish there was more of that, I really liked the concept of the characters interacting the the paper that they're drawn on. Not too impressed with this one, not nearly as entertaining as I remember finding it years before.
The Meaning of Life - I enjoyed this one a lot more than Rejected, but I still didn't get much out of it. The animation was more interesting, the creature designs and seeing their forms rapidly change in that montage was nice to look at and the spiraling planets were very cool as well. It definitely had more direction and purpose than Rejected, and while I don't feel that there's some big complex philisophical statement shining through this, I can definitely see the 'point' of this piece. This race, bickering and hostile, physically changing throughout years and years, yet behaving in exactly the same way. This one was decent.
I haven't watched It's Such a Beautiful Day yet, and I'm not sure if I'll get the chance to until next week. I'll definitely try to get around to seeing it, though. It seems like quite a leap for this guy and I'm hoping that means there's something more to this one. Not that I didn't like the others, but I just found them a bit underwhelming. I really like his traditional approach to animation with the 35mm camera and hand drawn frames, and even if the topics and themes of his works don't excite me, I think the animation alone is enough for me to give any work of his a shot.