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Animation: 'Lisa Limone and Maroc Orange: A Rapid Love Story'

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Hah! I have always said that Estonian animation is ununderstandable! Incomprehensible, even. Here is a 4’47” trailer for a 72-minute 2013 stop-motion animated grand opera about the star-crossed love affair between an anthropomorphized rich-girl lemon and a poor refugee orange, directed by Mait Laas. Lisa Limone’s cruel father (a lemon with a comic-relief moustache) runs a slave-labor tomato plantation and ketchup factory.

Don’t worry if you don’t speak Estonian. Nobody understands the lyrics in opera, anyway. Besides, the trailer is subtitled in English.

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Well that certainly was strange :)

Don’t worry if you don’t speak Estonian.

The orange guy is actually speaking French. I'm not sure what the lemons speak, but the ketchup ad at 1:32 is written in Italian, and the language does sound plausibly Italian.

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For those who really, really want to see “Lisa Limone ja Maroc Orange: Tormakas Armulugu” (“Lisa Limone and Maroc Orange: A Rapid Love Story”), it will be one of the five features in competition at the 2014 Ottawa International Animation Festival, September 17-21. The OIAF website describes it as a surreal, dark musical. The other four, from Brazil, Canada, France, and the U.S., are not anthropomorphic.

Fred Patten

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a retired former librarian from North Hollywood, California, interested in general anthropomorphics