Film Review: Infinite Santa 8000 (2011)

SYNOPSIS:

It is the year 8000. War, famine, and disease have ravaged the earth, transforming it into a vast, desolate wasteland. Infinite Santa lives alone in a make-shift hut in the middle of the desert, feasting on the remaining mutants to survive. They’re slow and dumb as a rock – easy prey for Santa. He hasn’t seen anything even close to a person in three hundred years.

REVIEW

1000 years have passed and the world has fallen into chaos. The times are now filled with mutants and cybernetics. Living alone within this mess of a planet lives Santa who must now fight to survive and feast upon those carelessly enough to cross his path. A single makeshift huts awaits and protects him from harm until one day a not quite human young girl named Martha arrives at his door. she is in mid fleet from a pack of carnivorous mutants beast. Though this doesn’t shake the Infinite Santa who is well equipped with weapons and survival skills.

Upon destroying the hungry pack the 2 of them head towards a shelter where they encounter Dr. Shackleton. Dr. Shackleton who appears to be pieced together herself is in fact evil incarnate with diabolical intentions that seem perfect within this broken world. As she mentions….she has been looking for Santa for quite some time to pick him apart and study his internal structure.

She also has had time to create a rather subversive army of mutant beasts which she calls her children. With Santa cycle in hand, Martha and Santa barely escape her domain and head off into the world. Though not far behind, Dr. Shackleton is intent and sends her children in search of the 2. Having created Martha herself, her pursuit is unrelenting.

This unique animated series began as a project with several 2 minute one off shorts provided per way of the Internet (Youtube). Though my experience was in one sitting which collects the entire piece into roughly about 30 minutes as a whole. Season one is comprised on 12 shorts.

The creation is master minded under the guise of Burnt Reindeer Films which includes the talents of Duane Bruce, Tara Henry, Greg Ansin, Michael Neel, Nick Flanagan, Jeff O’Brien, Eric Welsh, Todd Cuff and Josh Cuadra .

As an animation, the visuals are cleverly done using a 2D approach that combines sort of a Flash meets hand drawn presentation. The graphics are well done and make no excuses for taking opportunities to indulge into gory fun. I was reminded of the early MTV-style of animating which this would fit into perfectly if the material was a bit safer for TV.

Though it does cater to the horror audience with its weird mixture of gore, violence and one crazy Santa calling the shots. The filmmakers have alot of fun with the visuals creating hybrid mixtures of mutant beasts who like to eat or kill their prey. Santa is one mean son of a bitch, our resident local anti-hero who has seen enough in his day to not think twice about flipping a throwing knife into oncoming predators or blasting them in the head with a battle axe. In all the project is geared at a retro style of animation using talking heads and limited motion. It manages to provide great thrills and introduce a highly entertaining series that stands alone as a break thru endeavor. If you get a chance you can check out the episodes per the address below or order the full show on DVD.

http://infinitesanta.com/

Infinite Santa 8000 (2011)

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