Food Fight: animation depicts a brief history of war

Food fightFrom filmmaker Stefan Nadelman comes “Food Fight“, a stop-animation depiction of war using food as the actors:

Food Fight is an abridged history of American-centric war, from World War II to present day, told through the foods of the countries in conflict. Watch as traditional comestibles slug it out for world domination in this chronologically re-enacted smorgasbord of aggression.

Although I’m a huge fan of animation, I have to say that viewing the film left me uneasy, as I watched the Holocaust reduced to shots of menacing pretzels blasting matzohs to smithereens, or Hiroshima rendered as a hamburger patty laying waste to rows of sushi. It was difficult not to conclude that the use of food as proxies for human beings to stage scenes of violence and death trivializes catastrophic human suffering, leaving me with a bad taste in my mouth. The final scene though provokes reflection on the senseless waste of war, as toiling ants move in when the conflict ceases.

Click here to view Food Fight.

(Hat tip to Boing Boing.)

2 responses to “Food Fight: animation depicts a brief history of war

  1. That was incredible. It did not leave me with an uneasy feeling at all. I thought it was brilliant and as the fish and chips might say, “spot on.”

  2. Chris, glad you liked it. It was great animation, no doubt about it. Glad you got a stronger stomach than I do. I dunno, maybe I’m just feeling a little too sensitive on the day before Passover to really appreciate a massacre of matzohs by a gang of pretzel stormtroopers…