This Way Up
United Kingdom (GB), 2008, 9 minutes
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This Way Up Synopsis

A.T Shank & Son have a bad day at the parlor when a falling boulder flattens their hearse. Emotional and literal pitfalls lie in wait for the odd couple as they make their way cross country with just a coffin for company. Their journey and relationship unravel on an epic scale.

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Reviewed by sharonmae
Genuinely smitten with this animation for the comical interpretation of  how  A.T. Shank and Son go about with funeral nuances.  I'm sure the creators didn't mean to disrespect the departed... more
Genuinely smitten with this animation for the comical interpretation of  how  A.T. Shank and Son go about with funeral nuances.  I'm sure the creators didn't mean to disrespect the departed but rather it tries to present a commonly sad phase in a quirky way.  The colors black and white figure predominantly  in the film and  surprisingly, viewers are only treated a burst of colors during that  scene ala musicale where they are led to what looks like hell by a parade of animals and figures with skull faces.  At this point,  we come to a conclusion that father and son are already dead, too, thanks to that huge boulder.  But duty calls and they have the responsibility to bury the old lady in a decent grave which they finally did, thank goodness.  The last scene with the 2 characters jumping onto the old lady's grave , freeze frame and  the  classic "Happy Weekend" song  heard by the viewers make for a perfect ending.  Definitely, a  must-watch! 
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  • satirical and quite an eccentric way of dealing with funerals. I can't help letting out a giggle during that scene where the corpse was seen hanging from a tree, bad bad me for doing that, but the expressions of the characters just made it hilarious.  great animation!

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  • satirical and quite an eccentric way of dealing with funerals. I can't help letting out a giggle during that scene where the corpse was seen hanging from a tree, bad bad me for doing that, but the expressions of the characters just made it hilarious.  great animation!
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