In remaking ”The Perfect Human,” I wanted to demonstrate how our idea of perfection is so incredibly far from reality. By using classic cartoons, along with the original narrative, I created an absurd juxtaposition; the words describe “perfect” humans, while the video shows unrealistic, animal caricatures with human features. Also, many of the cuts that I made show the cartoon characters indulging in “imperfect” activities (such as fighting, stuffing their faces, etc.) which further contrasts the narrative, and highlights the impossibility and absurdity of “perfection.”
I was also interested in the idea of objectivity and subjectivity/identification. The original film strives for objectivity; it speaks of the human characters like zoo animals, and the audience is meant to feel separate from them. My film uses popular, easily identifiable cartoons, yet “others” them in a way---they are presented as a spectacle, just like the humans in the original film.
As far as sequencing, I was able to capture the ebbs and flow of the original narrative by repeating this cut pattern: one second, one second, three second, repeat. I kept the editing clean and simple, but cropped the frame in some places to display only body parts---further objectifying the characters, as was my intention.