Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?

An Animated Conversation With Noam Chomsky

DVD - 2014?
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?
An animated documentary on the life of controversial MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand Noam Chomsky. Through complex, lively conversations with Chomsky and brilliant illustrations by Gondry himself, the film reveals the life and work of the father of modern linguistics while also exploring his theories on the emergence of language.

Published: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified], , [2014?]
ISBN: 0788617656
Branch Call Number: DVD 410.92 IS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (89 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, rda
video file, DVD video, rda


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Jan 02, 2015

The reason for the animations being the way imo they are lend themselves well to how topics are brought up.It reminds me a lot of the Youtube channel "blank on blank" albeit with more clarification and comment sections by the animator Michel Gondry.

A nice intro to Chomsky's life and the relevancy of his work as a linguist rather than the activist/political commentator reputations he's accumulated in a lot of media. I liked the part about his work on generative grammar.

There's only a little bit of mention of politics with references to WWII,former French president Sarkozy, a time he spoke in Turkey and what his children have done.

What bothers me a bit is how (when I watched it) I couldn't skip the trailers.

Nov 26, 2014
  • jerfairall rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I'm glad this exists, I guess. The contrast between Chomsky's hyper-analytic sobriety and Gondry's playful whimsey creates its own wacky tension, and as a Canadian kid, the funky NFB-style animations had a charmingly nostalgic kick to them. But this really is a Chomsky primer, and not a very thorough one at that. The lack of discussion on any topic of current political relevance was surprising; knowing that his project would take some years to complete, was Gondry overly cautious about potentially dating his film?

Aug 19, 2014
  • Mr_Pear rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Enjoyable, intelligent conversation with a witty French accent and wonderfully done artistic backdrop. Not for everyone, but worth a look if you are at all interested.


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