LIBERTY and JUSTICE: A Cautionary Tale in the Land of the Free
What happens when a pair of lost citizens wander in the deep dark woods in search of a new leader? In this satirical take-off of the traditional folk tale “Hansel and Gretel”, the wordless story follows protagonists Liberty and Justice as they negotiate the challenges of today’s unique political landscape, while being shadowed by a persistent Twitter bird.
The film, which was released in 2018, is a dark satire made in the exaggerated style of caricature. It includes a dramatic scene with former president Trump dressed in the uniforms of some of history’s most iconic dictatorial rulers. The comparisons are symbolic and are not to be taken literally. They serve as a warning, to look at history for guidance when confronted with a president who exhibits authoritarian behavior.
The 13 min. movie is at the bottom of this page.
The film features an ensemble of old and new cast members from the Wee Folk Players theater troupe, who formed soon after the 2016 election. Other posts about the Liberty and Justice animation project include Costuming despots and innocents, Liberty and Justice film festival debut, “Liberty and Justice” in process, All that Glitters, America First Lady, stop-motion in action, Animated Film Logo. and Liberty and Justice – the movie! In this Interview on WGBH TV, I reflect on my foray into political satire and describe how speaking out through art has affected my work and life.
After about a year filming in the basement, where our animation stage is set up, my husband Rob Goldsborough and I are thrilled to share the fruits of our labor! It’s the first large joint artistic/technical venture we’ve undertaken in almost 40 years together. We used stop-motion animation to create the narrative, spending countless hours manipulating and photographing the characters and props so that they appear to move on their own when the series of frames is played in fast sequence. After the filming and editing was complete, we commissioned Cape Cod based Stellwagen Symphonette to write and produce the musical score and sound effects. So, we can truly say that Liberty and Justice is a home grown effort!
I hope that you enjoy the movie! It can also be viewed and readily shared on YouTube here.