Bobby is a thug who does what he likes and thinks little of the consequences. His dirty deeds catch up with him when he steals a pet and discovers a mysterious red button on the back of the creature. And with one reckless decision, and push of a button, Bobby finds himself experiencing a terrifying and mind bending journey that will change him. Forever.
It's been 7 plus years in the making but Robert Morgan has struck back with his latest short film "Bobby Yeah". The 23 minute opus is about a bunny eared thug named Bobby who has little regard for anything and a very long learning curve. The troublemaker steals the pet from a dangerous character to have for himself but he discovers a button on the back of creature. Bobby's curiosity gets the best of him and soon finds himself spinning out of control through a nightmare that he cannot escape from.
Since Film Bizarro first opened its figurative doors, we have been huge fans and supporters of filmmaker Robert Morgan. The man has perfected the craft of the short film and has created eerily creepy films rich with atmosphere and displays an amazing technical ability with stop motion animation. "Bobby Yeah" is no different and while there was a small gap between this and his last film "Monsters", he's given us what could possibly be his strongest title to date.
I pieced together a synopsis that I thought was the closets to what "Bobby Yeah" is about but the details to the plot could be anyone's guess as "Bobby Yeah" is the most abstract piece Morgan has done since "The Man in the Lower-Left Hand Corner of the Photograph". Amongst all the terrifying creatures and bizarre images, there is a storyline to follow. The movie overall though is open-ended and unrestrained with its imagery that leaves the viewer to fill in the gaps and draw their own conclusions. An interesting idea that I read said that what Bobby experiences through out the movie is a manifestation of his own fears of being caught. Is that true? I don't know. Seems plausible, especially when two of the disgusting monsters closing in on Bobby dawn a British Police helmet. I guess the true meaning behind the movie is for Robert Morgan to know, and for us to find out. Or rather, for us to presume.
I could sit here and spout off different view points and different interpretations of what the movie means or what the images represent, but the truth is I don't have any idea or better understanding than anyone else. So I'll just save myself the embarrassment and not not even go there. And while I my not be able to give you any theories as to what the movie's meaning, I can tell you that "Bobby Yeah" is, on a technical level, a very strong short film. The animation featured in "Bobby Yeah" is so good that even the characters have quirks, especially Bobby -- from simply watching him you can tell he's quick to respond with his fists and when he's confronted on his crime you can see the shame he has for what he's done. That is an amazing feat in animation. Ontop of it, the mix of stop-motion animation aided by computer-animation and a bit of live-action has created an astounding piece of work -- something that could very easily match the level of Svankmajer and go beyond. Anyone familiar with Morgan's work will already be aware of the types of ghastly creations he can come up with, but even so, he still managed to kick everything up a notch with "Bobby Yeah" and made something disgustingly poetic and absurdly funny.
As a director, Morgan certainly has a gift for the macabre -- something that has been demonstrated in all of his films -- but there was something different about "Bobby Yeah" that stuck out: a comedy element. There's been a bit of tongue-in-cheek and morbid humor to some parts of Morgan's previous short films but "Bobby Yeah" is the first one that feels like it went all out in the realm of dark humor. It's an amusing film by simply being an absolute delirious little movie but then there are just these classic cartoon moments of things continuously going wrong for Bobby, as his own ability of not learning from his mistakes comes back to blow up in his face. Sometimes quite literally. The humor never takes away from the ghastly nature of Bobby's world but instead it makes the movie feel more of what it is: a subconscious journey.
Robert Morgan has always been consistent with his films, which have all been works of excellence, but yet he still managed to make something extraordinary with "Bobby Yeah". It's a disgusting piece of stop-motion animated horror that can either disgust, amuse or leave you pondering in the vast empty void that even Bobby finds himself adrift in. The movie is impressive on the technical side since it features smooth and slick animation from combining different mediums. As well as a sound design that only adds to the atmosphere and amplifies the strange nature of the film. While it may only be 23 minutes long, "Bobby Yeah" will stick with you after it's over from either being entertaining, or from you trying to figure out what in the hell just happened.