The story of the Panda has never been black-and-white (see what I did there?). For years people debated over its classification, as it shared characteristics with both bears and raccoons. Looking to put the conversation surrounding the history of the panda to rest, Matúš Vizár’s award-winning film PANDY (PANDAS) take a tongue-in-cheek look at the evolution of this ursine creature and paints an insane picture of its future in this vivid 11-minute animation.
An award winner at both Cannes and Annecy, PANDY is gross, over-the-top and utterly entertaining. Taking its viewers on a colourful journey through the evolution of the panda, providing its own explanation on how it became the somewhat slothful bamboo-eating beast it is today, Vizár’s film detours to some wild and wonderful places including a prison-esque zoo (complete with tattooed, muscle-bound animal inmates) and a dystopian future.
From a video game styled energy bar to the tattoos sported by the hardened prison creatures, Vizár injects his film with titillating finer details adding to an overall aesthetic that perfectly compliments his far out narrative. All in all, PANDY is an explosion of sex (all panda-based), drugs and violence, a nightmarish vision painted in lucid colours that’s as likely to offend, as it is to delight…and what’s not to love about that?