Far Out Isn’t Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story

Director: Brad Bernstein

Celebrated as a children’s author for books such as The Three Robbers and Moon Man, Tomi Ungerer’s distinctive animation has also addressed political issues with the protest posters he produced supporting America’s civil rights movement and damning its war in Vietnam, while his vivid works of erotica indicate a wild imagination that refuses to be contained. Born in the Alsace region and marked by a tormented youth growing up during World War II, Ungerer’s wanderlust took him to New York, Nova Scotia and West Cork, where he currently resides. Brad Bernstein’s documentary portrait celebrates Ungerer’s work with charming animated sequences and there are contributions from supporters and contemporaries, though it’s the interviews with Ungerer himself that make it compelling. White-haired, chain-smoking, passionate and eloquent, Ungerer’s genius is evident.

Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn

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