You might think there’s not much new to say about high-school life at the movies. We’ve certainly seen it from all angles through the decades, but the animated “My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea” serves up a uniquely surreal vision that looks like one that’s not to miss.
Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, and Susan Sarandon lend their voices to Dash Shaw‘s acclaimed debut about an eclectic group of high school students who suddenly have to navigate a disaster. Here’s the official synopsis:
From acclaimed cartoonist 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 re- mind us how the high school experience continues to shape who we become, even in the most unusual of circumstances.
“My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea” opens on April 14th.