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Western Animation: Its Such A Beautiful Day

A trilogy of short films—everything will be ok, i am so proud of you, and it's such a beautiful day—by Don Hertzfeldt. They focus on a man named Bill, who leads a boring and somewhat depressing life as he struggles to deal with his mental problems. There is a certain air of the absurd, not at all mitigated by his dysfunctional family and hallucinations and odd dreams brought on by a rapidly worsening malignant brain tumor.

The first two films have been released separately on DVD. A feature film compiling the three parts under the title of the third short has been released as well.


The it's such a beautiful day trilogy as a whole provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: Bill was originally from Hertzfeldt's webcomic Temporary Anesthetics and in it led a relatively normal, if depressingly banal, life, free of mental disorder (if you're willing to forget about some strange recurring dreams).
  • all lowercase letters: The titles.
  • Black Comedy: The overall film is much more depressing in tone than some of Don's other films, but there's still quite a few moments of his trademark absurd, surrealist humor.
  • Compilation Movie: One that shares the title of the third part, it's such a beautiful day.
  • Hallucinations: Bill suffers these multiple times throughout the films.
  • Imaginary Enemy: Bill believes that there is a fish living in his head that feeds upon his skull. It's mentioned in the first and third films, but only shown visually in the second.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: Specific compositions are noted in the individual folders.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Much of the narration of the relatively mundane segments of Bill's life are set to spectacular classical music.
  • Recut: According to Hertzfeldt's Facebook, the theatrical cut of the Compilation Movie "is a slightly different extended version than the cut coming to DVD, but kind of not really."
  • Sanity Slippage: As the story progresses, Bill's mental illness gets worse and worse. It later becomes terminal... or does it?
  • Slice of Life: Bill's imminent death does create a sense of conflict, but otherwise the plot is rather meandering and focuses on random goings-on in Bill's life.

The individual films provide examples of:

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  • Brick Joke: Near the start of the film, the narrator remarks on how Bill always picked fruit from the back of the pile at the grocer's, because the fruit at the front was at "crotch-level" with the other customers. Later on, he starts hallucinating that, in addition to having smokey demon heads, everyone he saw had "gigantic, bacteria-riddled crotches all over the goddamn produce."
  • Dysfunction Junction: Most everyone Bill knows and meets was odd in one way or another, such as his unhelpful neighbor who talked about nanomachines could preserve his brain in a failed effort to comfort Bill, and quickly changed the subject to a dream he had where his toes fell off.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: Excerpts from Bizet's "Au fond du temple saint" and Smetana's "Vitava (Moldau)" are featured.
  • Sanity Slippage: "THE PIPE IS LEAKING. THE PIPE IS LEAKING. THE PIPE IS LEAKING."
  • Sensory Abuse: The second act, as mentioned below, is fucked up in the most frightening way. Film burns, deformed creatures, cacophonous music and a dog barking through a wet piece of glass are all in it.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: The entire film is done through Bill's perspective. During the second act, Bill suffers a severe bout of hallucinations and dementia filled with demon-headed people, giant deformed birds, and Bill turning into a fire-breathing monster.
  • Title Drop: Very nearly; the exactly line is, "...as if everything were OK."

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  • Crazy Cat Lady: Bill's schizophrenic grandmother, who kept severed cat heads in her dresser and would rub them across her scalp when she "felt the fish smothering her brain".
    • To a lesser extent, Bill's mother. She only had one cat, but she would shave it on the weekends.
  • Disabled Means Helpless: Bill's half-brother Randall is a mentally challenged child in the special-ed class who was taught to simply stay within the confines of the tether-ball circle every recess.
  • Hook Hand: Randall had two aluminum arms with hooks for hands.
  • Infant Immortality: Subverted, as three children die in this film: Bill's retarded half-brother Randall (ran into the sea and drowned), his great-uncle's illegitimate child (smothered to death in an abandoned stable) and his great-aunt Polly (died at the age of 8 from yellow fever/fire).
  • Disappeared Dad: Bill's birth father left him and his mother when Bill was a child.
  • Hope Spot:
    ''On his way to lunch, Bill smiles, and thinks for the first time that maybe everything will be o—(Bill collapses to the ground in a seizure.)
  • I Got a Rock: In one flashback, Bill's mother gives him a postage stamp, a piece of yarn, and a really long, awkward hug for his sixth birthday.
  • It Runs in the Family: Mental illness seems to be common in Bill's family on his mother's side: his grandma, for instance, rubs severed cat heads on her face because "the fish are smothering her brain". The rest of her family has similar manias: her sister Polly pounds imaginary animals with hammers, her mother saw phantoms, and her brother believed that a sea monster stole the local sheriff's prize cow.
  • My Beloved Smother: Bill's mom was very overprotective of Bill after losing her second husband and Randall, making him wear a heavy coat, a helmet and asbestos safety gloves every day for a year after Randall's death, for fear that he might catch "walking pneumonia".
  • My Life Flashed Before My Eyes
  • No Kill Like Overkill: Bill's great-aunt Polly died at the age of 8 after catching yellow fever... and then catching on fire.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: Excerpts from Strauss's "Vier letzte Lieder", Wagner's "Das Rheingold" and "Im Treibhaus", and Bremner's "Old Sir Symon the King" are used.
  • Railroad Tracks of Doom: three of Bill's relatives, including his mother, were killed by trains.
  • The Stars Are Going Out
  • Title Drop: Bill's mother would pack notes saying, "I am so proud of you!" with his school lunches. As noted in Hope Spot above, the previous film's title is very nearly dropped.
  • Wild Child: "A wild man wandered into town that summer and beat the church organist with a shovel." He was really Bill's great-great-uncle, whose parents had drugged and abandoned in the woods as a child.

    it's such a beautiful day 
  • Complete Immortality: What (apparently) happens to Bill at the end, simply because the narrator told him not to die. He explores the world, learning everything about everything, falling in love countless times, and generally just exploring more and more until the earth and the sun die out, leaving Bill alone in the universe.
  • Rule of Three: The entire "it's kind of a really nice day" sequence, where Bill wanders in and out of his apartment, going around the same path through town about three times before he forgets even more stuff.
  • The Runaway: After Bill is told he doesn't have much time to live, Bill rents a car and drives it all the way to his uncle's house, then to the nursing home where his birth father lives, and then finally just drives mindlessly for hundreds of miles before ending up in an unknown field.
  • Title Drop: About a third into the film, Bill lies down in a field hundreds of miles away from his home and the narrator says this exact line.
  • Wistful Amnesia: Bill's memory loss gets progressively worse and worse as he goes on, and he constantly struggles remembering things like his address and people's names and faces. At one point he constantly forgets that he went grocery shopping, and walks into his kitchen with an armful of groceries, discovering more full grocery bags all over the place and wondering why he has so much food.
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