Phil Tippett, Ken Rogerson, Chris Morley
Chris Morley, Phil Tippett
Tom Gibbons, Chuck Duke, Ri Crawford, David Lauer
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Under a barrage of enemy fire, an intrepid special agent in a suspended container is lowered steadily into an ominous shaft. Down, down, inexorably down, through the many strata of ruin and residue bearing enigmatic witness to time’s passing. At last, the pod touches down on terra firma, and its occupant emerges, map in hand and mission in mind. The surrounding landscape is a broken place of corruption and decay, of casual horror and degradation. Our hero will not be deterred, though the path ahead holds only more horrors, so many to behold...
Thirty years in the making, fragments of which have been revealed in the last decade, the personal masterwork of Phil Tippett – recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at Fantasia this year – is at last complete. Though his presence in popular culture places him at the top of the stop-motion heap, the visual effects sorcerer who left his indelible mark on STAR WARS, ROBOCOP, JURASSIC PARK, and STARSHIP TROOPERS now does a graceful swan dive into the deep, dark canyons and crevasses of his own vision as an artist. Harrowing, horrific, and hilarious, it’s a Dantean descent into seething theological outrage, its multitude of fascinating monstrosities, an uncanny carnival in the tradition of Hieronymus Bosch, a perpetual-motion machine of biomechanical malevolence. Perhaps Tippett is in truth the titular deranged deity, fashioning an insane universe with his bare hands and breathing life into it. Fantasia now opens the gates to the hell that Tippett has wrought, and beckons you to dive in too. – Rupert Bottenberg
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