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Experimental, Surrealism, Artistic, Fantasy
2D/Traditional, 2D Computer, 3D Computer, Flash
Day after day, inhabitants of the Menagerie play out their daily lives like clockwork.
Menagerie is a study of the daily motions and mundane tasks of contemporary city life. Featuring hundreds of looping animated characters, the film explores how the repetitive actions of our day-to-day lives quickly spiral into an endless kaleidoscope of abstraction.
Jack Gray graduated with a BFA in Animation from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2017, and is currently based in Philadelphia. He is an animation artist and filmmaker whose approach fuses traditional and experimental techniques, often with playful characters and looping sequences. He has been a visiting lecturer at Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art and has recently received awards at festivals including GLAS Animation Festival, Animation Block Party, Imaginaria Animation Festival, Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival and Fantoche International Animation Festival for his last short film, Menagerie (2022).