I miss the old Warner Brothers cartoons of old… like 1950s old. Without violating a single copyright or trademark, Scott Graham pays homage to the violent animated shorts of the past in Trojan Horace. The writer-director’s story takes inspiration from the ancient story of the Trojan Horse.
The Greeks are at war with the Trojans, and conquering the city of Troy is of utmost importance. Taking advantage of the element of surprise, Greek warriors encase themselves in a giant wooden horse and present it as a gift to the Trojans. But they are up against a set of clueless guards. The Greeks make a series of attempts to pass through the gates of Troy only to be foiled by being parked in a tow-away zone, a misguided gate lever, an army of termites, and much more.
“…Greek warriors encase themselves in a giant wooden horse and present it as a gift to the Trojans.”
When watching Trojan Horace, I’m instantly transported back in time to when I would watch Looney Tunes in my youth. Of course, I’m talking about the old Chuck Jones’ Roadrunner and Wyle E. Coyote cartoons. Its ultra-cartoon violence is totally inappropriate for children… though totally appropriate for children (wink!).
Animator Scott Graham’s cartoon ode is a fun take on the devolution of the human spirit. He simply presents a series of laugh-out-loud gags using modern 2D computer animation techniques with minimal 3D modeling for the Trojan horse. His characters speak gibberish, allowing Graham to tell his story strictly through action and focus directly on the slapstick. Trojan Horace is funny and very wrong.
For more information about Trojan Horace, visit the Flying Saucer Animation Studios website.
"…instantly transported back in time to when I would watch Looney Tunes..."