Paul and the Badger: Episodes 1 to 4

2006 | 00:41:00 | United Kingdom | English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | DV video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Animals, Art Criticism, Art History, Death and Dying, Humor, Performance, Television, Youth/Childhood

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The Badger Series has issues and attempts, each episode, to resolve them. Recasting a glove puppet show through his own present day sensibilities, Paul assumes the role of kindly uncle mentor to a household of capersome woodland creatures. Mortality, self-sacrfice, depression, altered states of consciousness and transgressive art practices are all explored as part of their everyday lives together.

Meanwhile the show is mindful to adhere to the traditional structural formulae, with entertainment numbers and routines appropriate to the scaled down sitcom world that they occupy. The series is equal parts moral instruction and narrative play, mediated through the force fit of an experimental filmmaker as children's entertainer.

Episode 1 (2005, 11:30) The sight of a model skeleton unearths a memory in the Badger that he has repressed all these years, prompting him to ask some pretty tricky questions about life, death and self-sacrifice.

Episode 2 (2006, 13:30) The Badger and the Squirrel relay the world through a lens.

Episode 3 (2006, 13:30) A sudden dilemma, a plummet of spirits and the necessity of rallying 'round.

Episode 4 (2006, 6:30) Extended dream sequence intended as a balance for the weightier themes of Episode 3.

Prizes + Awards

Episode 1, Best Narrative Short, Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2006

Exhibitions + Festivals

Athens International Film and Video Festival, Ohio, 2011