Creator: Don Hertzfeldt

Don Hertzfeldt (born August 1, 1976) is the creator of many short animated films, including the Academy Award nominated "Rejected" and Everything Will Be OK. He has an odd style, stick figures on paper with very little use of digital processing. You can get his films at his website, Bitter Films, and read up on some Word of God in this Reddit thread.

His animated shorts include:

  • Ah, l'amour (his earliest student work and Trope Namer for "Bitter Films")
  • Genre
  • Lily and Jim
  • Billy's Balloon
  • Rejected
  • The Meaning of Life
  • A trilogy concerning a mentally ill man named Bill; Everything will be ok, I am so proud of you, and It's such a beautiful day.
  • The opening, intermission and ending to the first The Animation Show he did with Mike Judge. These are called, respectively:
    • "Welcome to the Show"
    • "Intermission in the Third Dimension"
    • "The End of the Show"
  • Wisdom Teeth (an adaptation of this Temporary Anesthetics strip and currently his newest film)
  • The Couch Gag for The Simpsons episode "Clown In the Dumps"
  • World of Tomorrow is currently premiering at Sundance.

There was a series of Pop-Tarts commercials that looked like they were done by him. They weren't.

His works are surreal. And How!


His works provide examples of:

Ah, l'amour

Billy's Balloon

Genre

Lily and Jim

Wisdom Teeth

The Animation Show
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: There is at least one reference to the audience in all three segments.
  • Brick Joke: The beginning segment starts out with the two characters talking about the lobby of the theater, and by the ending there are a slice of pie, a hot dog, and a soda cup walking towards the right of the screen, with music in the background singing about, whaddaya know, the Lobby.
  • Call Back: Both the characters are based on the "Fluffy Guys" in Rejected, down to the Swedish christmas carols playing in the background.
  • Captain Obvious: The second half of the beginning of The Animation Show.
    • "MY HEAD IS NOW A GIANT EGG!"
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The erudite character tends to do this a bit. It's especially prominent in the beginning segment.
    "The Animation Show is the greatest animation show ever created by human beings. Only the most animated animation film animations make it into the Animation Show."
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: The scene with the Giant Eyeball.
    • As well as the robot battle at the very end.
  • Funny Background Event: in the ending song to the beginning segment, the erudite character (who has long legs and one hand bigger than the other) is running back and forth, on fire.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: The result of wearing 3-D glasses: some horrifying hallucinations followed by screaming, "IT'S LIKE I CAN TOUCH YOU!"
  • Half Dressed Cartoon Blobby Cloud Thing: "But I'm not wearing any pants." "ME NEITHER!"
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    Left Fluffy Guy: An animated film is not just a random series of mindless, self-indulgent violent cartoon images meant only to be enjoyed by young children and people with mental handicaps, but as a serious, valid art media all unto itself, in which the artist is free to explore the purity of the film medium down to each and every single frame! The animated arts are-
    Right Fluffy Guy: ROBOTS!
    (over a minute of Fluffy Guys getting mauled by robots)
  • Mushroom Samba: The third dimension. At the end of the sequence, one of the characters is holding a giant lollipop shouting nonsense as Swedish Christmas music plays in the background. Then the lollipop becomes a swarm of spiders which begin to eat the character.
  • Offer Void In Nebraska: "3-D Glasses may not be available in all areas!"
  • Robot War: "ROBOTS!"
  • Tank Goodness: Complete with an autocannon on top.
  • Techno Babble: In the second segment, one of the characters asks the other about 'the third dimension', prompting a verbose response that ends with "The very face of god!"
  • Tin-Can Robot: The enemy robots.

Simpsons couch gag
  • Amnesiac Lover: Homer's memories of the old Marge make her far-future self even more disturbing.
    Still love you Homar.-Epasode Numbar 20,254
    We are happy family.-Epasode Numbar 37,211.4
    I will never forget you.-Epasode Numbar 100,411.2
    All hail the dark lord of the twin moons. All animals can scream.-Epasode Numbar 164,775.7
  • Art Evolution: First Homer fiddles with a time-traveling remote that viscerally morphs him back to his crude 1989 model, then in a panicked attempt to undo the rewind, he launches into a far future where he and his family are grotesque mutant caricatures that barely resemble their original selves.
  • Death of Personality: The design of the characters and the show change so radically that by the year 10,535 the family has been reduced to a disturbing collection of caricatured mutants that can only sputter broken catchphrases and hock merchandise.
  • Loss of Identity: see above
  • Nu Speling: The terrifying "Sampsans" of the year 10,535 showcases a few new months (Aprall, Oktobar, Marchrüary — no Smarch, though), a new decimal calendar system, and "a"-heavy phrases like "outernet markat," "now availabal," and "epasode numbar."
  • Ridiculous Future Sequelisation: The show airs its 164,775.7th "epasode" on Septembar 36.4, 10,535.