You'll hear all the catch phrases that people who don't know anything worthwhile use when they want to seem intelligent: "telescoping of evolution", "neo-humans", "representations of self-combustion" and my favorite, a mention of being "empty with such fullness". That's just a fraction of what you'll hear. What tripe!! What a pathetic excuse for a philosophy course!! This film has the major failure of being crappy through its own originality and of not understanding that mere originality does not a good film make. As a matter of fact, the reason this was original is probably that no one could ever justify such a lame reason to waste a good topic!
Now while I was watching this, a thought came to me. A thought I've had many times in my life (maybe a few too many). That was the thought of drugs. Could drugs help salvage this blown evening for me? Could drugs help me make sense of what I was watching? It was time to start this thing back to the beginning and give it another shot. I searched for drugs but couldn't find any... what to do? I called the Arrow but he wasn't home... That's when it hit me... I shouldn't be going to these lengths to be entertained by this harping collection of ridiculous monologues. This movie wasn't made to entertain, I thought. It was made because a bunch of people who thought they knew more than any other jerk like myself figured we might want to hear what they had to say. Screw that!!! The only thing I got out of this was anger. Anger at some of the most annoying characters I've ever seen. If you ever get captured by villains and are made to watch this film, you'll know exactly what I mean when you see that segment with the dude on the bridge. You'll wanna feed this guy a big portion of big-time ass-kicking!
The coolest of all the features is the "Greatest Live Action Hits" reel. This film was shot on a handheld digital cameras and the animation was then "painted" over it. This feature allows you to concentrate all your hatred for the characters into 45 intense minutes of fun! You can see what these people actually look like and confirm your greatest fear: they do exist!! It actually lets you appreciate the animation much more than if you were just watching the film. A blast after a few six-packs. There's also a group of 19 deleted animated scenes. Take it from me, with this thing, anything that has "deleted" before it is a good thing.
Another interesting featurette is a 20-minute explanation by art director Bob Sabiston of the animation techniques used for the film. He's a really soft-spoken guy and his demonstration is fascinating. It's all computer animation but all made in a way that requires a true artist's hand. his tools are pretty neat and it just gives you that much more admiration for the art form. Although it runs a bit slow at the end, he does go through a lot of cool stuff. It's a pretty interesting thing to watch. There's a number of animation-related features as well, including animation tests and a few animated shorts. None are genuinely amazing but if you like animation then it might be your thing. There's also a 4 minute long making-of type featurette with comments by Linklater and Sabiston.