Short-Film Review: The Forbidden Book of Sharks (2022)

October 26, 2022

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

At the local library, a young tyke (Bryce Gormley) wants nothing more than to make a ruckus and get his hands on a secret book that the librarian (Lisa Rodriges) has no plans on lending him.

One ludicrous disguise and a romance novel distraction later, our hero snags the tome and races home!

That night, the beastly book is open which unleashes a nautical adventure upon the boy in wonderous fashion!

Directed and edited by Troy Minkowsky (working from a script provided by his daughter Lavinia Minkowsky), The Forbidden Book of Sharks is nothing short of breathtaking.

What begins as a very Little Rascals-esque youth-based comedy caper (or for this crowd perhaps Ray Dennis Steckler’s  Lemon Grove Kids would be a more apt comparison) quickly explodes into a Winsor McCay inspired delight for the eyes (both his ground-breaking 1914 blend of live-action and animation Gertie the Dinosaur, but also his most famous work, the dream-tableau comic strip fantasy Little Nemo in Slumberland are instantly brought to mind when viewing this piece).

special attention must be given to the animation of Matt Rasmussen who’s detailed and evocative artwork put this short lightyears above most in both class and ambition… ambition who’s promise is met time and again by this eight-minute mini-masterpiece.

Of course all of my wicked words don’t amount to a hill of spit if ya can’t lay your eerie eyeballs on this picture for your own damn selves, and guess what… you can right below, so click that link and go for a big ol’ dip in dream lake with The Forbidden Book of Sharks, ya dig?

 

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