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The Nightwatchman Short Film (Full Length) – 1993 Fantasy Animation Comedy

The Nightwatchman

Short Film (Full Length) – 1993 Fantasy Animation Comedy

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Set in a world where animal is vegetable and the creepy crawlies are just that, this short film showcases the trippy talents of animators Joe Wylie (Kiwi classics Te Rerenga Wairua, Bride of Frankenstein) and John Robertson (internationally lauded for his commercials work). Following a nightwatchman whose meddling kicks evolution into overdrive at the pesticide factory, the film injects a chirruping, clanking ambient score into a petri dish of Naked Lunch, The Fly and and some B-movie black comedy. It was selected for France's Annecy Animation Festival in 1993.

Key Cast & Crew

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Joe Wylie

Animator, Writer, Director

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John Robertson (Animator)

Animator, Writer, Director

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Sue Wilson

Producer

(Wylie's) five year stint on the animation assembly line gave him an extensive understanding of the animation medium.
– Art New Zealand article, on Wylie's time working for Hanna-Barbera productions in Australia

Produced by

Magic Films

Acknowledgements

Made with assistance from the NZ Film Commission's Short Film Fund

Music

'Lovers in Other Countries' and 'Homage to F.C.' performed by Australian band Frame Cut Frame