added: Wed, Feb 22nd '17
Illustrator/animator Dash Shaw, perhaps best known for his graphic novels "Cosplayers" and "Bottomless Belly Button", makes his feature film debut with the wildly imaginative cartoon adventure romp "My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea," which features the voice of Jason Schwartzman as a high school sophomore who, while working on a story for the school newspaper, discovers an earth-shattering secret: the whole entire high school building is in danger of sliding off its foundation and plunging straight into -- what else -- the sea!
In addition to Schwartzman, the voice cast includes Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, Lena Dunham, and Susan Sarandon as a kung fu-kicking Lunch Lady.
Part '70s disaster movie, part John Hughes-esque coming-of-age teen film, this line-drawn animated comedy, which was also produced by Shaw along with indie filmmaker Craig Zobel (Z for Zachariah, Compliance) and "Tiny Furniture" producer Kyle Martin, received good notices at last year's Toronto International Film Festival.
Acquired by indie distributor GKIDS, "My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea" will be released in theaters sometime in the spring. In the meantime, watch a newly-released trailer, above.
From acclaimed graphic novelist Dash Shaw (New School) comes an audacious debut that is equal parts disaster cinema, high school comedy and blockbuster satire, told through a dream-like mixed media animation style that incorporates drawings, paintings and collage. Dash (Jason Schwartzman) and his best friend Assaf (Reggie Watts) are preparing for another year at Tides High School muckraking on behalf of their widely-distributed but little-read school newspaper, edited by their friend Verti (Maya Rudolph). But just when a blossoming relationship between Assaf and Verti threatens to destroy the boys’ friendship, Dash learns of the administration’s cover-up that puts all the students in danger.
As disaster erupts and the friends race to escape through the roof of the school, they are joined by a popular know-it- all (Lena Dunham) and a lunch lady (Susan Sarandon) who is much more than meets the eye. But even as the film piles on brilliant details like a post-apocalyptic cult formed by jocks, video game homages, and an infectious synth soundtrack, it never loses sight of the characters at the heart of the story.
Hailed as "the most original animated film of the year" and "John Hughes for the Adult Swim generation" (Indiewire), the film's everyday concerns of friendships, cliques and young love remind us how the high school experience continues to shape who we become, even in the most unusual of circumstances.
directed by Dash Shaw
starring Jason Schwartzman, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, Lena Dunham, Susan Sarandon
release date Spring 2017