Prizefighter ★★★★★

This nicely animated short -- claymation? Still figures? Painting? -- historical sports movie about heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson, the first African American to hold both the title and the crown in the early 1900s. The animation is a marvel, and truly a stunning way to tell a story that, while important, might give one the whiff of being in school or something. That is, the film does not skimp on what makes a film a film -- it is aesthetically a marvel, using faces of real actors (featuring the lovely Keith David here) in its dramatic scenes, often using static frames and a tense score to draw the viewer into the hardships faced by Johnson. It's really unlike anything you've seen before and a true gem in the animation genre.
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