The use of the human form in his animation is fascinating, to say the very least. Not many can digest the idea of an alien being where the organs have forgotten their place and have found refuge in those parts where other organs should be.
The style of the art in this short film reminds the audience of that of a stamped drawing where a flat surface of a dissected potato or a piece of rubber or wood is craved into with an image, that image is painted over and then stamped upon a piece of paper. As Reviewer Steven Hampton states,"forget about Disney artistry, quirky Japanese anime, or photo-realistic CGI." Hampton, Steven. (2002). Video Vista. Phil Mulloy: Extreme Animation.
|Fig 1: A Still From Intolerance I(2000)|
With an average level of visuals present in his films, the storyline could not afford any flaws.
Having said that, Mulloy's style is beautiful in its own right. It is intentionally rough and has an appeal that is unparalleled by others. It also seems to fit into the concept of the films perfectly.
There are no obvious protagonists in Mulloy's films. As a result, his characters never attain the characteristic of beauty. They are superlatives of the word ugly.
|Fig 2: A Still From Cowboys(1991)|
In the year 2000, Mulloy created the trilogy Intolerance where the inhabitants of Earth discover an alien civilization with ways different to our own but strikingly similar. Mulloy favours creating his films in series. As reviewer Anthony Nield states,"It is also worth mentioning how Mulloy makes his films in themed groupings"Nield, Anthony. (2003). The Digital Fix. Phil Mulloy: Extreme Animation.
This film had a very pornographic outlook to the world and suggested that the way portrayed by the characters of the film was the way humans should behave.
|Fig 3: A Still From The Ten Commandments (1994)|
Mulloy has a strong style and his work hits home with the audience.As Sean Gandert states, "He did grow a lot through his work, and now his films are some of the more interesting pieces of avant-garde cinema being produced today." Gandert, Sean. (2009). Paste Magazine. Salute Your Shorts: Phil Mulloy's Extreme Animation.
Gandert, Sean. (2009). Paste Magazine. Salute Your Shorts: Phil Mulloy's Extreme Animation. At:
Hampton, Steven. (2002). Video Vista. Phil Mulloy: Extreme Animation. At: http://www.videovista.net/reviews/april02/philmulloy.html
Nield, Anthony. (2003). The Digital Fix. Phil Mulloy: Extreme Animation. At: http://film.thedigitalfix.com/content/id/5909/phil-mulloy-extreme-animation.html
Fig 1: Mulloy, Phil. (2000). Intolerance. http://www.hyperboreans.com/heterodoxia/?p=723
Fig 2: Mulloy Phil.(1991). Cowboys. http://www.animateprojects.org/films/by_artist/m/p_mulloy
Fig 3: Mulloy, Phil. (1994). The Ten Commandments. http://www.kino.com/press/kimstim_animation2/index.html