Waking Life

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This film is horrible beyond words. I made the mistake of seeing it in theaters, and merely remembering the experience is painful. To summarize - it is a lengthy jumble of bored-college-student pseudo-philosophical ramblings that are supposed to make the viewer seriously consider the meaning and reality of life. The animation is indeed noteworthy, but the dialogue is a tedious string of cliches that lack both insight and originality. If you want to get the effect of the movie but don't want to spend the money, I have a solution. Go to a coffee shop, preferably one close to a college campus. Get a simple but pleasant drink, and eavesdrop on the bright minds of tomorrow philosophizing and bs'ing all about the meaning of life, the transient nature of reality, and the human paradox. Sit, absorb, and scoff (optional) for however long the movie would have taken you, and then leave. Repeat if enjoyed.

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While most animated films are aimed at children and provide joyful sing-along fun, Richard Linklater uses animation for a very different purpose. Waking Life is a beautiful thing to watch and it tells a beautiful story. It uses animation to convey the feeling of a dream-state and the viewer gets that impression loud and clear. The flowing images that pulse before our eyes are unforgettable. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences created a new award category in 2001 for animated films. Unfortunately this film did not receive the attention it deserved from the Academy or the movie-going public. Perhaps it will gain respect as a cult classic on DVD.

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Avoid like the plague

on 6/6/2002

This film is horrible beyond words. I made the mistake of seeing it in theaters, and merely remembering the experience is painful. To summarize - it is a lengthy jumble of bored-college-student pseudo-philosophical ramblings that are supposed to make the viewer seriously consider the meaning and reality of life. The animation is indeed noteworthy, but the dialogue is a tedious string of cliches that lack both insight and originality. If you want to get the effect of the movie but don't want to spend the money, I have a solution. Go to a coffee shop, preferably one close to a college campus. Get a simple but pleasant drink, and eavesdrop on the bright minds of tomorrow philosophizing and bs'ing all about the meaning of life, the transient nature of reality, and the human paradox. Sit, absorb, and scoff (optional) for however long the movie would have taken you, and then leave. Repeat if enjoyed. Read More

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A breakthrough for 2-D animation

by Trevor Vos on 6/25/2002

While most animated films are aimed at children and provide joyful sing-along fun, Richard Linklater uses animation for a very different purpose. Waking Life is a beautiful thing to watch and it tells a beautiful story. It uses animation to convey the feeling of a dream-state and the viewer gets that impression loud and clear. The flowing images that pulse before our eyes are unforgettable. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences created a new award category in 2001 for animated films. Unfortunately this film did not receive the attention it deserved from the Academy or the movie-going public. Perhaps it will gain respect as a cult classic on DVD. Read More

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Product Overview

Join wiley wiggins as he searches for answers to lifes most important questions in a world that may or may not be reality.

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40166945
UPC 024543040651
UPC 14 00024543040651
Format DVD
Release Date 4/15/2003
Rating Rating
Keywords
Animated Characters
Animated Worlds
Dreams
Philosophy
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Director Richard Linklater presents this computer-animated, dreamlike, meandering film about a college-age man (Wiley Wiggins) who floats in and out of a series of philosophical discussions and ethereal experiences, meeting an interesting cast of characters along the way. Each character that Wiley meets engages him in an existential discussion. Wiley listens, observes, and occasionally responds. Then he glumly shuffles off to his next encounter. At times, he wakes up in his bed and rubs his eyes, appearing to start a new day. But eventually viewers learn that Wiley is dreaming throughout the film, and is trying to learn to control his dreams--and accomplish lucid dreaming, or simply wake up.^Visually, WAKING LIFE is nothing short of fantastic. Linklater stays true to his Indie style--jerky camera, drifting gaze, and steady head shots that allow non-actors to talk straight into the camera. To achieve the floating feeling of the dream sequences, he first tried taking aerial shots from a helicopter, then opted for the smoother effect of a hot air balloon. He shot the film on digital video, edited it, then called on 30 animators to finish it. The characters in the film move and gesticulate like live action, but they are animated with odd color schemes and surreal lines that make them cartoony caricatures. WAKING LIFE is a superb work that should be applauded for its atmospheric elements (lovely images of New York and Austin), its amusing bohemian dialogues, and its unique animation.
Reviews
USA Today "...A well-crafted personal project..." 10/17/2001 p.3D
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...WAKING LIFE is a tantalizing animated film..." 11/01/2001 p.48
Entertainment Weekly "...Exhilarating....WAKING LIFE is an amazing thing....A thrill, a trip to a fabulous new frontier..." 10/26/2001 p.89
Rolling Stone "...Strikingly original....It works like a dream..." 11/08/2001 p.134
Sight and Sound "...A striking hybrid between live-action footage and computer-generated animation....It succeeds brilliantly as visual experiment..." 02/01/2002 p.64
Total Film "...[A] beautiful dreamscape....A film with big ideas..." 05/01/2002 p.103
Chicago Sun-Times "...It celebrates a series of articulate, intelligent characters who seek out the meaning of their existence and do not have the answers....The movie is exhilarating in its style and visuals as in its ideas..." 10/19/2001 p.35
Directors
Richard Linklater
Actors
Julie Delpy
Wiley Wiggins
Ethan Hawke
Cast & Crew
Bob Sabiston - Art Director
Richard Linklater - Director
Sandra Adair - Editor
John Sloss - Executive Producer
Jonathan Sehring - Executive Producer
Caroline Kaplan - Executive Producer
The Tosca Tango Orchestra - Music By
Palmer West - Producer
Tommy Pallotta - Producer
Jonah Smith - Producer
Jane Walker McBay - Producer
Julie Delpy - Voice Of
Kim Krizan - Voice Of
Wiley Wiggins - Voice Of
Ethan Hawke - Voice Of
Richard Linklater - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2001
Catalog ID 2004065
UPC 00024543040651
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 99 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French
Available Audio Tracks English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
1.85:1
Awards
AFI Film Awards (2002) Bob Sebiston, Nominee, AFI Digital Effects Artist Of The Year
Independent Spirit (2002) Richard Linklater, Nominee, Best Director,Richard Linklater, Nominee, Best Screenplay
Venice Film Festival (2002) Richard Linklater, Winner, CinemAvvenire Award (Best Film)
New York Film Critics Circle Award (2001) Richard Linklater, Winner, Best Animated Film
Reviews
ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review ...there's never been another film quite like this... a new animation technique, which involved shooting and editing the film as a live-action work and then having a team of more than 30 graphic artists "paint" each frame via computer. The effect is dazzlingly beautiful and surreal...
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Reviewer Kevin Thomas
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource The New York Times
Review ...The film...is so verbally dexterous and visually innovative that you can't absorb it unless you have all your wits about you. And even then, you may want to see it again to enjoy its subtle humor and warm humanity.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Stephen Holden
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Spanish, Dubbed
Product Attributes
Actor Wiggins,Wiley
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Strikingly original...nothing short of amazing.
Desson Howe, Washington Post ...thoughtful, provocative, liberating and fun.
Peter Rainer, New York Magazine An astounding one-of-a-kind movie.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...an amazing film that dances and vibrates with life.
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