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These short animated films, many of them six minutes or less, run the gamut from lyrical flights of fancy (Daedelus' Daughter) to antiwar statements (Francois le vaillant) to noisy, colorful superhero parodies (Thunder Pig). Taking after Aardman Animations (Chicken Run), a great many of them are clay animation, but there's a surprising variety of styles: Emily inner's British The Lucky Dip, about a little girl at an amusement park, is a lighthearted romp; Matthew J. Dean's British Baby on Boards, about a runaway baby carriage, is a nightmarish tale reminiscent of Tim Burton; and Michael Zabka's Czech Premammals is a cruel and shockingly violent comedy about life among prehistoric mammals. None of them, however, holds a candle to Chris de Deugd's elegant Daedelus' Daughter, from the Netherlands, whose simple chalk and charcoal etches convey the excitement of flight, or Matthias Daenschel's graceful and intelligent German Tauro, a whimsical meditation on bulls in Western art, from cave drawings to Greek pottery to Picasso. 89 min.

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