“Cans Without Labels” (2019)

This cartoon is rather… infamous for its behind the scenes trouble, especially with regards to its Kickstarter page. But, you know, maybe, just maybe, if the final product was actually any good, then maybe all, or at least some, could be forgiven. No such luck here, because this short is simply atrocious. It’s earned its negative reputation as one of the worst pieces of animation to ever be conceived by man. John K (of Ren & Stimpy fame) definitely has a very grotesque style with regards to his animation, but here he often does it for no discernable reason, other than to adhere to his “never draw the same face twice,” rule. Also, the blending of John K’s 2D animation, and 3D animated cans really doesn’t work. Despite the fact that the cartoon is only 11 minutes long (9 if you remove the credits and extraneous crap at the end), it moves at such a sluggish pace. The sound work in this short is horrendous. It’s just a mish-mash of random stock sound effects, and random stock music cues, seemingly placed at pure random, again with no rhyme or reason, combined with terrible voiceover work that is often so poorly mixed you can’t make out what the characters are saying. There is no better word I could think of to describe this cartoon, than “grotesque,” and I don’t mean that as a compliment. This is an insult to all the people who donated to bring this atrocity to life.

Rating: 1/5

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