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Fresh Guacamole (2012)

Transforming familiar objects into fresh guacamole.




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In the delicate hands of an inspired and picky gourmet chef or a dedicated foodie, a ripe avocado fruit screams "Guacamole", Mexico's famous spread. The recipe is quite simple. After halving and dicing the avocado, you chop some coriander, a small onion, and a juicy red tomato. Of course, don't forget the indispensable chilli pepper and a splash of lime. ¡Buen provecho. Written by Nick Riganas

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In this follow-up to his stop-motion hit Western Spaghetti, director PES transforms familiar objects into Fresh Guacamole.


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Release Date:

2 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Свежий гуакамоле See more »

Filming Locations:

Torrance, California, USA

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PES Productions See more »
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16:9 HD
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Amateur and Some Experienced Animators May Go Googly-Eyed Watching the Seamless Stop-Motion Work In Fresh Guacamoles And Regard PES As Their God. The Rest Will Remain Hungry.
14 February 2013 | by sashank_kini-1See all my reviews

I have never tasted Guacamoles and so I was completely clueless about its ingredients while watching 'Fresh Guacamoles'. The 2 minute to-the-point short had a mystery hand preparing 'Guacamoles' in an unconventional manner using everyday objects like a light- bulb, ball, 2 chess pieces, poker chips... hand grenade ( not really an everyday object, is it?).

I could make out how animator PES got his inspiration for a few items, such as the seed removed from the hand grenade which had the number seven on it and resembled a pool ball could be compared to the seven steps used in making the recipe (I counted the steps) or the slightly unimaginative idea of using chess pieces as salt and pepper holders ( could've been more imaginative: I got one that's a bit gross for such animation but nevertheless I'm gonna say it - dandruff for salt and grated incense stick for pepper!... My point is that further experimentation could've been possible). The avocado-hand grenade was more hard to guess because I haven't seen or touched avocados. The most interesting part was watching the dice getting diced further.

I would not have been surprised had this won the 'Most Innovative Concept' award in some Annual Advertisement Award ceremony. In fact, such a concept can be highly useful for targeting children's market for some cereal ad. But when the word Oscar is associated with such a work, I'm slightly taken aback. There are lot many ingenious works on YouTube, one including a condom ad where rubber condoms are modeled (like balloons) into the form of two animals who... well, hump each other till the third one arrives and... joins the sex party! It's a crazy ad but you laugh out loud and it gets across its point. I would not think of that work as an Oscar worthy contender, and neither do I consider 'Fresh Guacamoles' to be one.

While the stop animation used in the short is fantastic and I'm certain my friend, a student animator, would love this film and so would all others who are more aware of the effort going into such works, many common viewers would simply remark 'Nice. Is that it?'. The ending too does not do something adventurous to surprise us. Neither does the film do enough to tempt me to make the recipe myself. Fresh Guacamoles remains somewhat dry and unmemorable.

Had this been an advertisement, I would have given it a 7.5. But looking at it as an Oscar nominated work ( Oscars really changes everyone's expectations) I shall give 'Fresh Guacamoles' for stars out of ten.

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