The Cosmic Eye (1986)

Genres - Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Message Movie  |   Run Time - 76 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

The Cosmic Eye is a most curious animated film, especially for those for whom "animated" means "Disney." Many will find it incomprehensible, while some others will find it simplistic, and from a narrative point of view, both are right. However, its episodic structure, which at times seems a bit random, is actually rather charming, and the lack of a strong story will not bother those who appreciate its message that people must learn to live and work together, both with themselves and with nature. However, even those who find Eye's screenplay lacking should appreciate the sheer visual beauty of the film. Utilizing animated techniques that Faith Hubley (and her late husband John) championed and/or pioneered throughout her illustrious career, Eye is a cornucopia of striking images. Much of the work is created in stylistic tributes to modern fine art masters such as Paul Klee, Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky, and Pablo Picasso, and this makes for one of the most uniquely gorgeous cartoons ever created. With its stunning animation, The Cosmic Eye is a treat for all eyes, cosmic or otherwise, even if the aural portion will not please all ears.