Dash Shaw, a well-regarded independent comics creator, may not yet be a household name, but he’s certainly taken a step in that direction. His animated movie, My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, is now available for viewing on Netflix, potentially exposing Shaw’s art and sensibilities to that vast audience.
The animated movie features the voice acting talents of top-notch, well-known players, including Jason Schwartzman (Dash), Lena Dunham (Mary), Reggie Watts (Assaf), Maya Rudolph (Verti), and Susan Sarandon (Lunch Lady Lorraine). The movie originally came out in very limited release in April 2017, to largely mixed reviews. This is to be expected: Shaw’s sensibilities — what makes his comics special — undoubtedly aren’t for everyone. But those who enjoyed it point to it being funny, creative, bizarre, and subversive.
From the official description:
“… 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.”
An animated high school drama/disaster movie with indie creator sensibilities? YMMV, but we’re very excited for this chance to catch it online and to see if it can put Shaw, whose comics we’ve dug, under a brighter spotlight.
Images: Netflix, Dash Shaw