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Cartoon Friday Watercooler: Backwater Gospel


It’s Cartoon Friday, again!

Old graveyard

The undertaker’s coming …

The Backwater Gospel is a creepy, violent short film by student animators. Here’s a brief description from YouTube:

As long as anyone can remember, the coming of The Undertaker has meant the coming of death. Until one day the grim promise fails and tension builds as the God fearing townsfolk of Backwater wait for someone to die.

It’s the product of students at Denmark’s The Animation Workshop, a school for cartoonists:

The Animation Workshop, is an animation school housed in the former military barracks in Viborg, Denmark. It forms a part of VIA University College. Since the late 1980s, The Animation Workshop has educated and trained animators for the Danish as well as the international animation, computer game and visual effects industry. Teachers as well as students come from both Denmark and the rest of the world, as a result of which all classes are conducted in English. The Animation Workshop attracts teachers from all over the world, including professional animation artists from well known studios such as Pixar and Dreamworks.

Two of the creators — Arthur Gil Larson and Bo Mathorne — each made making-of videos for this cartoon.

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