Wave Twisters

45min | 2001
WAVE TWISTERS is an eye-popping, hip-hop-meets-Hanna-Barbera, animated adventure synched skratch for skratch with DJ QBert's turntable masterpiece of the same name. Each track of Q-Bert's original album was designed to provide the audio framework for another chapter in this sci-fi/kung-fu epic; every aspect of the story ? music, sound effects ? even dialogue ? has been accounted for and seamlessly integrated into QBert's original musical compositions. WTM gives visual expression to Q-Bert?s narrative while pioneering the concept of visual skratching; sampling from a wide variety of techniques (from traditional cell animation to 3D to live action to photo collage), WTM defines a unique visual style analogous to the supercharged cutting and skratching of a turntable DJ. WAVE TWISTERS catapults the bar on the correspondence between sound and image, taking the Fantasia concept to the next, dizzying level. When the music says, "jump!" the animation asks, "How high?"

The hero is the Inner Space Dental Commander, a cross between Luke Skywalker, David Carradine, and the family dentist, who must fulfill his destiny by reviving the "Lost Arts" (i.e., the four pillars of hip-hop culture: breakdancing, rapping, graffiti, and, most importantly, scratching). To do so, he and his posse (the mischievous medical droid, Rubbish, his lovely assistant and comrade-at-arms, Honey, and B-Boy Grandpa, the last surviving link to a bygone era when the Arts flourished) battle their way through an increasingly surreal collection of villains, pitfalls, and booby-traps. Among the villains are an elite corps of turntable warriors, played by key members of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz ? Qbert, Yoga Frog, and D-Styles plus DJ Flare. Their electrifying performances blaze a path of destruction which stands between the Dental Commander and his final showdown with Lord Ook, the evil mastermind behind the plot to suppress and control the Lost Arts throughout "inner space."

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Topics: Hip Hop, Science Fiction, Martial Arts, Cartoons & Animated Films, Sundance Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival
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