MAD GOD is a jaw-dropping animated journey into madness, birthed by FX titan Phil Tippett. Even if you are unfamiliar with his name, you know his work – He was instrumental in the designs used in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and THE RETURN OF THE JEDI; he created the designs of Jabba the Hutt and the AT-ATs in the Hoth battle; he brought to life the JURASSIC PARK dinosaurs, the DRAGONSLAYER creatures, the bugs in STARSHIP TROOPERS, and the ED-209 robot sequences in ROBOCOP, just to name a few. MAD GOD was initially a lark project – a short film that he would fabricate in his garage in-between his big budget Hollywood gigs. Who knew that this outstanding stop-motion piece of cinematic insanity would take 30 years to make!
Defying description, MAD GOD opens with a steampunk explorer as it navigates a series of horror-filled worlds populated by deranged mad scientists, gruesome experiments, masturbatory dolls, and amorphous creatures made of flesh and machinery. An insane collage of styles, tones, inspirations, and unique ideas brought to life with meticulous detail, MAD GOD is a stream of consciousness manifesto swimming with Tippet’s uncompromising psycho-analytical perspectives on humanity and its downfall. He has embraced them more in his advanced age, fortified by his decades long career working in Hollywood, which he wholeheartedly rejects.
Even if you are not on board with MAD GOD’s eccentric storytelling, there’s always something to admire. It is a beautifully deranged artistic achievement with an uncompromising vision. In the end, Tippett is the “mad god,” a creator and destroyer of worlds with a limitless imagination and some of the best handmade animation you will ever see.