3/15/2017 - Review by Mark Schwab
I really love how animated films can get away with things that live-action films just can't without getting excoriated. Director Nicholas De Fina seems to know this on a subconscious level as his new animated feature LeSEURDMIN (which his office co-workers pronounce as "lizard man") is vulgar, violent, politically incorrect and quite often in horrendous taste showcasing sequences that would probably disgust and offend audiences if shot as a "regular" movie with human actors. But because of the way De Fina has animated it all, it becomes a hysterical, appallingly laugh-out-loud jaw dropper.
The story starts by laying out basic ground rules with our main character Peter; he hates his job as an office drone, he is forced to work with utter morons, he has a nice girlfriend that he takes for granted and is generally sleepwalking through life, sublimating his frustrations by coming up with creative fantasies about killing his co-workers. Everything changes though when he goes out drinking with friends at the local bar and, feeling adventurous, decides to partake in some non-FDA approved, clay-capped beer called "Reptiale". It is after quaffing a few of these that the story goes totally batshit and Peter becomes the center of a hallucinatory adventure that is impossible to predict. I personally also found it impossible to keep from laughing and there is no way I am going to give you any plot details. Even the trailer gives almost no indication of its demented charms. Just take my word for it - if you ever are lucky enough to see this, try not to know anything going into it.
To go into some broad strokes here, De Fina goes all out here by setting up one outrageous sequence after another that is so good it could almost stand on its own as a short animated film and yet there is just enough continuity so that it never feels messy. The plotting here - off the charts bizarre as it is - actually works and shows an organized (if gleefully perverted) screenwriter was at work here. I also must credit the voice work. It's superb, with every performance hitting the mark and I was shocked that only a few actors voiced all of the characters (and there are plenty of them to enjoy). Nicholas De Fina needs to be doing his own show on Adult Swim, now. Imagine a totally profane feature-length DILBERT crossed with SOUTH PARK, KING OF THE HILL and a dash of ADVENTURE TIME. Just try and picture that.
Oh...the quality of the animation? I don't know...perfect I guess...I was too busy laughing at what I was seeing play out.
Our dear Pope of Trash John Waters always said that there is a difference between "good" bad taste and "bad" bad taste. I'm not sure what it says about me but I think LeSEURDMIN is more than just good bad taste - it's one-of-a-kind, original, hilarious and brilliant bad taste.