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CHRISTIAN SCHLAEFFER – The Return of John Frum

John Frum (or Jon Frum, or John From) is a figure associated with cargo cults
on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu. He is often depicted as an American World War II
serviceman, who will bring wealth and prosperity to the people if they follow him.

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John Frum “returns as an astronaut and businessman to the postindustrial wasteland of the financial service economy. Together with a native, he sets out for a conquest of the useless; then things get confused, and what begins as a journey turns into a trip far off the boundaries of logic and meaning.”

This amazing short film, which would make an animation studio proud of their work, has actually been designed, directed and animated by one person, German student of design Christian Schlaeffer.

If you’re thinking of Æon Flux, you’re not alone, even though the author said that he got to know Peter Chung’s work when somebody compared it whit his movie; while he cites Studio 4°C as a main inspiration.

John Frum “ritorna come astronauta ed uomo d’affari nella discarica post industriale del mondo dell’alta finanza. Insieme ad un indigeno, parte alla conquista del superfluo; dopodiché le cose diventano confuse, e la spedizione diventa un viaggio oltre i confini della logica e del significato.”

Regia, design ed animazione di questo stupefacente corto, che renderebbe uno studio di animazione fiero del proprio lavoro, sono invece opera di uno studente tedesco di design, Christian Schlaeffer.

Se state pensando ad Æon Flux, non siete i soli, anche se l’autore dice di essere venuto a conoscenza dell’opera di Peter Chung quando vi hanno paragonato il suo corto; mentre cita Studio 4°C fra i suoi riferimenti.

The Return Of John Frum

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{ 1 } Comments

  1. Anonymous | 12 April 2010 at 16:38 | Permalink

    great!! not hard to see where the inspiration comes from.

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