Jacques Tati: Anatomy of a gag

This week the com­plete films of Jacques Tati was released on blu-ray and DVD. You can­not study the his­tory of film com­edy and not know about Tati. He had a mar­velous sense of humor, and a unique style of com­edy. Here is an excel­lent analy­sis of some of his work.

Play­Time: Anatomy of a Gag from Cri­te­rion Col­lec­tion on Vimeo.

I also rec­om­mend this post from Cri­te­rion films for fur­ther reading.

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Toddler in a minion costume.

This is not a fail video, despite the graphic.  The boys response to falling is price­less.  If he broke down  cry­ing it would be much less funny.  It is the sur­vival of the spirit that makes great comedy.

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Funny short: Wake Up Call

Here is some ter­rific ani­ma­tion that is pure phys­i­cal com­edy. Funny and short.

Wake Up Call from Kevin Jack­son on Vimeo.

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Big Hero 6 character studies

This is a great video about the char­ac­ters in Big Hero 6.  Each char­ac­ter sim­ply enters and sits in a chair.  By hav­ing them do the same thing, it is clear how dif­fer­ent they are, and what is on their minds.

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Rickey Gervais on how Laurel and Hardy have influenced him.

Ricky Ger­vais on the radio describ­ing what he learned from Lau­rel and Hardy, and how he uses it in his work.

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