The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello (2005)

The film opens in the city of Gothia, a smoky industrial metropolis where steam-powered dirigibles are the primary mode of transportation, and where a terrible flesh-eating plague is decimating the population
This gothic horror mystery tells the story of Jasper Morello, a disgraced aerial navigator who flees his Plague-ridden home on a desperate voyage to redeem himself. The chance discovery of an abandoned dirigible leads Jasper through unchartered waters to an island on which lives a terrifying creature that may be the cure for the Plague. The journey back to civilization is filled with horrors but in a shocking climax, Jasper discovers that the greatest horror of all lies within man himself.
Set in a world of iron dirigibles and steam powered computers, the creepy Victorian look of the film reminded me Hayao Miyazaki 's "NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Winds", and Tim Burton's movies.

In his brilliant, visually mesmerising The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, Anthony Lucas has us believing that bulky contraptions with iron-girder rib cages and massive air screws weighing thousands of tonnes can sail through the air with effortless grace.
Using sepia tones, silhouettes and a variety of animation techniques, this vision of Victorian-era retro-futurism looks like the kind of automated, mechanised world of tomorrow that Jules Verne or H. G. Wells might have conjured up had they had access to computers. Visually fascinating, highly imaginative stop-motion animated short where characters were shot in a silhouette-like style. The backgrounds often have added textures and colours rendered using CGI, while certain sequences are entirely computer-rendered 3-dimensional scenes. The final product consists of all of these elements brought together using a compositing program.
Everything about the film is deftly executed. It does borrow from familiar ideas and themes, but the presentation is undeniably original and exciting. It is very dark and not exactly the kind of thing made for the young ones; there is a great deal of violence in the film. The bleak ending is well staged.

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