Mark Shapiro Has His Finger on the Pulse Of Stop-Motion Animation. He’s Curated a Screening That’s a Crash Course in the Genre’s Shorts.
It takes less than two minutes before Will Vinton’s Closed Mondays gets really weird. In the 1974 short by the stop-motion animation pioneer and Oregonian, an old man walks into an art gallery. But the banal scene quickly turns surreal when music notes painted on one of the canvas start moving. From there, Closed Mondays only moves further from reality.