Fantasia 2020: Our Review of ‘The Old Man Movie’

Fantasia 2020: Our Review of ‘The Old Man Movie’

In a just world, The Old Man Movie would have easily won this year’s Oscar for best animated feature. The tired antics of yet another generic Pixar movie have nothing on the absolute deranged creativity present in this riotously disgusting farce from Estonia. Adapted from a popular homegrown web series, the debut feature from Oskar Lehemaa and Mikk Mägi is a gross-out comedy that’s perfect for kids and adults alike (assuming, of course, that parents of said kids have extremely open minds).

After a faux-instructional video prelude where we get a crash course on the milking customs in the Estonian countryside, we’re introduced to a trio of children as they’re dropped off at Grandpa’s farm for the summer. Obnoxiously glued to their smartphones, the Old Man must whip these city kids into shape and teach them the value of milking and the importance it has to the village folk that slavishly depend on it, arriving like zombies each day to guzzle back a fresh glass of creamy white goodness. But when the Old Man’s cow flees into the wilderness, so begins a desperate race to find it and milk it before an “udder” disaster (literally) happens. Meanwhile, a disgraced former milker (who’s got some lactating issues of his own) is also on the chase and will stop at nothing to regain his former glory.

It’s almost impossible to describe the plot of The Old Man Movie without a smirk and the film certainly doesn’t skimp on the anarchic absurdity, barreling its way towards a hilarious climax that detonates any idea of a traditional “happy ending”. The stop-motion animation itself is gorgeously rendered, even when displaying all manner of the scatological and grotesque. Turn off your brain, get ready to laugh and let that curdled milk wash right over you.

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After his childhood dream of playing for the Mighty Ducks fell through, Mark turned his focus to the glitz and glamour of the movies. He's covered the extensive Toronto film scene for online outlets and is a filmmaker himself, currently putting the final touches on a low-budget (okay, no-budget) short film to be released in the near future. You can also find him behind the counter as product manager of Toronto's venerable film institution, Bay Street Video.
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