Reviewed by: James Benefield

Those who grew up with the original fairy tales from the Grimm Brothers know how unpleasant children's stories can be - and, frankly, should be. It's a notion that Kris Hoffmann is interested in exploring with Breakfast, in which, to paraphrase Morrissey, meat is definitely murder.

Told through an old tape recorder and a series of animated bricks, it's the story of a few farmyard animals including a chicken, a pig and a cow, and what happens to them when they are used for human consumption. It initially starts off as something for kids, but with the introduction of maggots, pus and cruelty, it's clear that Hoffmann has an agenda to pummel in this rather overbearing three-minute animation.

Complete with a Michael Nyman-style piano-based soundtrack, it soon becomes clear that the piece is not aimed at an audience of kids. But it's hard to say who it is actually for. And, unfortunately, any tasteless emotional manipulation negates the rather interesting animation.

Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2010
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Meat is murder in a grisly fairy tale.
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Director: Kris Hoffmann

Writer: Kris Hoffmann

Year: 2010

Runtime: 3 minutes

Country: UK


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