Behind the scenes: A Tale of Slap Dash

The word that springs to mind upon watching James Wignall's latest short is 'twisted'. A Tale of Slap Dash begins as a traditional, whimsical, old-fashioned stop-motion animation: woodland shapes grow and flutter next to the title sequence, a hand opens a book... and then things go weird.

The human hand is replaced by one apparently owned by a pencil-wielding werewolf (and this hairy creator spends its time scribbling and muttering to itself). A cute bird-like character, created by the hairy hand, squeals "I love you" before its quirky co-star - a bipedal mammal of some sort - responds bitterly with "I hate you", then kicks the bird over. Elsewhere, in a woodland scene, a little girl approaches a colourful monster that playfully lifts her up (how sweet, you might think), and then gleefully bites off her head (at which point, you change your mind - or laugh).

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