George Romero's classic zombie film is resurrected in animated form as hundreds of artists with differing styles pay tribute to "Night of the Living Dead."
Even though, officially, the original "Night of the Living Dead" only has two remakes: one being the Tom Savini version and the other being the DTV 3D version featuring Sid Haig. But actually there have been a number people who have 'remade' "Night of the Living Dead" due to it being public domain but "Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated," or "NOTLD:R" as it's abbreviated, is something a bit different.
A lot of the people who 'experiment' with the original "Night of the Living Dead," whether it's merely re-dubbing it or turning it into a party tape, are merely dicking around with the original movie because, well, they can. Then of course the remakes and the rip-offs exist for the reasons why remakes and rip-offs exist. "NOTLD:R" isn't looking to do its own version of the movie or to remake, instead it's more of a tribute. Mike Schneider of NeoFlux assembled over 100 artists with different styles to showcase their work and how "Night of the Living Dead" influenced them. Each artist brings their own style and creativity and recreate scenes and images from the iconic movie. There are so many different styles of work on display, it is unreal. You have: realistic sketches, stylized drawing, simple line drawings, cut-out style animation, puppets, stop-motion, legos, thumbs, computer animated, etc.
That's the big thing that I think makes "NOTLD:R" a great piece of experimental recreation; all visions were welcomed into this project. There are some stunning traditional artistic mediums used, or sometimes there are crude almost child-like representations used, other scenes looked like A-Ha's "Take on Me." Because there are so many different styles "NOTLD:R" isn't simply a remake, recreation, re-imaging, or whathaveyou, and as I said, it is more of a tribute. However, that is also a downside to the movie since you see some work that you absolutely love and want to see more of compared to some of the less impressive moments. Though, like the art world in general, you have to take the good with the bad. The other downside is that because the styles can be so drastically different that sometimes it loses that flow, or that unity, that they were going for. Sometimes the pieces flowed into the next one very well and played off each other perfectly. Other times, such as moving from still images to animated ones, or vice versa, created an odd transition to where it felt a little awkward and more like a clip show as opposed to one solidarity piece.
"NOTLD:R" is exactly like the original "Night of the Living Dead" in regards to things like characters and story, and it uses the audio and score from the movie. This version doesn't take anything away from the original, it merely changes the visuals. Personally, I think "NOTLD:R" is the best recreation of the original "Night of the Living Dead" outside of Savini's remake. Casual viewers probably won't find much appreciation for "NOTLD:R" but for the hardcore "NOTLD" and Romero fans will probably enjoy it or at the very least appreciate what it sets out to do.