“Meeting MacGuffin”

After Humanity

Amos Lassen

Director CatYA Plate’s “Meeting MacGuffin” is set after humanity has literally fallen apart. Some of the survivors, decide to bring humanity back in order to return balance to the world.

We meet a new breed of scientists, the Clothespin Freaks, who have been attempting to reassemble human fragments and create an alternate form of humanity. They are guided by Lost and Found, an animated sign and they travel with the nearly-finished new humans called Homeys, through underground caverns to complete their reconstruction and meet Gormal MacGuffin, a wise, blue-eyed groundhog climatologist with expertise in water renewal. He is to prepare the Homeys for a mission to restore balance to Earth now that it has been decimated.

In the film, everything looks strange and eerie and that includes the grotesque looking characters in this animated ecological thriller. There is also a new kind of animation here that allows for a three-dimensional world to be presented. Catya Plate is a talented animator who has created her world in this film from scratch. This is the second film in a series (I did not see the first) and it begins with a brief recap of what happened in the previous film. Then we are pulled into the  apocalyptic new world order where humans are now extinct and all that remains of what once was are scattered bones and brains. The Clothespin Freaks are the only survivors. They are scientists who venture outside to collect as many human remains as they can get their hands on. Their want to repopulate the earth with humans they have created and called Homey’s.

Once they have recreated a small group of ten, the Clothespin Freaks travel with the Homeys to an underground laboratory called the Lost and Found Bureau. Here they embark on a surreal adventure in order to finish their experiments. They go to skin experts, eye experts, and clothing experts and they go to MacGuffin, a groundhog with a Ph.D. who is a climate expert and who has been preparing for the destruction of the earth for many, many years. MacGuffin is not sure about the idea of repopulating the earth. He questions why we should give people a second chance when it was these very humans who helped to destroy the world in the first place.

The ten-minute film is a visual feast and I watched it five times because there is so much there. It is also disturbing even with the ideas that it presents about repopulation. Granted, the idea for the story is very strange but it is original and well done. A beautiful music score holds everything together. I became so engrossed that I did not want to take my eyes off of the screen. It is bizarre and charming at the same time and gives us quite a wakeup call.

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