Denmark, 2000, 3 min.
||Mango Delight, Nadia El Said
||Marie, Spaceman Snarf, Mango Delight
The short film 'Hybrid' is truly a hybrid, in more than one sense. It has been filmed oldschool style,
with a 16mm Bolex camera, and realizes a hybrid of several animation medias. Pixilation (animation of
humans), computer animation, doll animation, drawn animation, shadow animation, and more, all mixed
creating a wholeness greater than the individual sources put together. The different styles of animation
blend in over each other during the film.
The plot itself, wrapped in this strikingly innovative cover, doesn't stray far from the theme. The story
is that of the border between man and machine. The girl, who is one of the main characters in this little
filmic feature, evolves in a very dynamic sense. As the music plays, she is transformed starting from
(something close to) human condition, ending up being swallowed by the universe of the other main character,
the machine, and thereby leaving life, as we know it. In between these phases she's a hybrid of the two.
Hybrid is a child of the techno age, and thereby an expression of our time. It raises the question of man's
place between the hordes of machines that inhabit our world (or, if you're not the intellectual type, it
just displays some cool techno atmosphere). Mango Delight himself has been the creative force behind the
film, and has, with his love for comics and kitsch, devised the universe in which Hybrid takes place.