Nova Seed (2016)

Nova Seed
Director: Nick DiLiberto
Writer: Joe DiLiberto, Nick DiLiberto
Cast: Joe DiLiberto, Nick DiLiberto, Shawn Donovan, John Jellinek, Julie Kirkelos, Joel MacMillan
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 6.5.2017
[Review by cornholio.]

In a crumbling world, a NAC – Neo Animal Combatant, a mix between lion and human – is on a mission: he has to free, and protect, the Nova Seed. It is an incredibly powerful being that can create or destroy, depending on the hands that control it. And currently it is very much in the wrong hands – the hands of Doctor Mindskull.

As the passion project of one guy – who drew every single frame of this animated film by hand – I expected Nova Seed to be much more unconventional than it was. Unfortunately the story behind the film is better than the story in the film.

It is of course impressive to think that Nick DiLiberto made this film on his own in what I can only imagine to be a painstaking process. And the animation looks great in a nostalgic 80s (maybe 90s) cartoon way. I really don’t want to diminish that accomplishment.

But unfortunately maybe he should have spent more time on developing the story and the characters because both fell flat for me. The story was a little too been there – seen that, and the characters never really get a personality that would show any kind of complexity.

What I also struggled with, albeit not as much as the characterization and the plotting, was the sound. It was really badly mixed, making the entire thing often very hard to understand.

All of that makes Nova Seed less impressive than it would have been, at least that’s my theory, if it had been made by maybe four or five people who shared the workload instead of just one person.

Summarizing: It’s an ambitious project, but not one that really achieves what it sets out to do.

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