In this short animation, Oscar®-winning director Chris Landreth (Ryan, 2004) uses a common social gaffe—forgetting somebody’s name—as the starting point for a mind-bending romp through the unconscious. Inspired by the classic TV game show Password, the film features a wealth of animated celebrity guests who try to prompt our beleaguered protagonist to remember his old pal's name. Finally, he realizes he must surrender to his predicament and jump head-first into his subconscious to find the answer.
Ages 16 to 18
Arts Education - Visual Arts
Media Education - Film Animation
Media Education - Film and Video Production
A comedic and experimental animated short that follows the psychological journey of director Chris Landreth as he attempts to remember a friend’s name at a party. Appropriate for classroom discussions and research projects related to animation, writing, experimental art, media studies, and psychology. Examine how metaphor, imagery, symbolism, tone, setting, and other elements are used in the film. What ideas do you think the film is exploring? Pick one of the authors depicted in the short and analyze, in-depth, their role, representation, and significance. Discuss the use of Freudian imagery in the film, and then compare and contrast it with another form of media that utilizes similar imagery.