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Apart from featuring a bit more weirdness than usual (Chel White's Photocopy Cha Cha, Henry Selick's Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions, and David Fain's Oral Hygiene are among the best), this is pretty much like previous editions of the International Tournee, so how you respond may depend on how many of these annual collections you've seen. (I've had enough of Bill Plympton's poker-faced anatomical black comedy—not to mention John Lasseter's cutesy Luxo Jr.—to last me several lifetimes.) But the last and longest of the shorts here—Garri Bardin's Grey Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood, a macabre Soviet Claymation musical with familiar Western melodies and gruff asides on Walt Disney and Edith Piaf—is a special treat. Long on humor and short on beauty (with the exception of Daniel Suter's Les saisons quatre a quatre), this package is otherwise easy to watch but not likely to be remembered.

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