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Moon Diary

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Aug 3, 2011 | 6:18 PM EDT

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WARNING: This animation is 30 MINUTES LONG. Be prepared for this.

That said, it is my personal belief that it is worth it.

A lonely, childlike moon keeps a diary of his depression, boredom, and recurring nightmares. His daily realities seem to be based on dream logic: clouds with bovine personalities, teeth with eyes and mailmen who fly in balloons. He writes about his very few friends, an invisible person, a pack of wolves, and a boy who lives in space on a garbage pile, protecting the earth from debris. The moon mopes along his 'horrible as usual' orbit, as the invisible one suffers with his own surreal identity crisis while desperately trying to reach out to the moon. Moon Diary is 7 days through the eyes of this gentle sky rock.

Based on characters and comics by Erin Tanner with animation by Curtis Randolph and Charlie Daugherty; Moon Diary (2010) creates a world with a simple, bright surface on an enigmatic, dark and maze-like core.

If you want "pause" and "chapter select," this animation is also up on YouTube. Just search for "Moon Diary" and scroll past all the Sailor Moon garbage. :)

Music by June Madrona. Check out the bicycle records store to buy June Madrona albums, or the Moon Diary DVD, which includes bonus content!



Rated 4 / 5 stars


Kinda like a PG collab between Chuck Palahniuk and Don Hertzfeldt.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Easy going animation for a relaxing half hour

I actually quite enjoyed the animation as it flowed in all aspects, from music to narration to animation. The artsy cartoon style and pastel colors appeal to me, as well as the qualities of the animals, clouds and people.
I don't exactly understand the story per se, as events don't seem to always have an (obvious) consequence, for example the moon stepping on the boy. The diary tone of the story is also questionable when the moon "never forgives himself" since it suggests the entry is written long after the fact. Small things-to nitpick-about aside, this animation was a fluid, passively engaging tale (is that even possible?). It was great.


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Rated 4 / 5 stars

wow! Just wow!



Rated 4 / 5 stars

It's Good.

I really like the picture of human life you paint in this flash; it was entertaining, true, and very emotional. I especially liked the story line of the invisible man.
But at some times the emotions of this flash seemed misdirected. I felt like some of the moon drama was manufactured- the scene with the moon stepping on the boy seemed completely phoned in- a fabricated source of sympathy.

The biggest flaw, however, was the voice actor of the moon. He did not enunciate, emphasize, or articulate his words. He was a pain to listen too- he sounded like an awkward teenager who had never voice acted before. As an actor and a voice actor, I must say that allowing this guy to play the moon was your biggest flaw.

Especially in juxtaposition to the invisible man and shadow voice actors, who were pretty much excellent.

For a half an hour film, listening to a hard to hear voice actor really takes a compounded toll.

Also, I'm not sure why the moon did what it did. As a character, its actions and emotional were largely chaotic and unexplained. He seemed like more of a handy foil / plot device.

Reeked of true emotional expression, however, which I loved.

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Rated 4 / 5 stars

You've got talent.

The animation was great and the voice quality was fine.

However, I found the actual story to be dull and needlessly obscure. At no point is there a single defining plot, rather 10 or so loosely tied subplots.

I kept watching out of a desire for you to tie it all up in a neat little bow in the end, but ended up dissatisfied.

I know I'm going to get a lot of flak from your viewers for this review, but I feel that the most helpful thing I can do for you is to be completely honest.

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