Los Angeles Animation Festival Recap Day One: AKIRA + Erotica
Collider.com by Tommy Cook 3/12/2012
"Faiyaz Jafri's psychedelic Hello Bambi could probably be best thought of as Snow White seen through the prism of Enter the Void. It's a haunting look at the Fairest-One-Of-All (post apple eating) as she confronts her own mortality, passing through various pop culture artifacts – Darth Vader, a DeLorean, Thomas the Tank Engine – on her journey to the end.
Jafri, in a post screening Q&A, exclaimed that after reading numerous bedtime stories to his daughters, he became sick of the naïve pat messages the fables propagate. Snow's journey through pop culture, in such light, could be thought of as a rejection of the media saturated lies we tell our young. A rejection of fantasy as told through the fantastic. Regardless using Bambi as pseudo stand-in for the Grim Reaper himself is brilliantly perverse."
Leeds World Animation Competition 2 (Various directors, 2010- 2011)
what's not to blog? by by wakey01 11/19/2011
"And whatever Hello Bambi ( Faiyaz Jafri, USA, 2011, ****) is all about I have no idea, but I loved every surreal minute. The safest bet is to say that somewhere along the line, Snow White has taken a bite from a poisoned apple and is therefore en route to hospital. Just hat sights appear along the ay, however, can only be described as Andy Warhol's hookah hallucination. A woman sits upon a mushroom, her face concealed by a Darth Vader mask. A Delorean flies through cyberspace. A runaway train zooms through a kaleidoscopic tunnel. Everything has an impossibly shiny, hermetically sealed plastic veneer and is soundtracked (or as Jafri himself puts it, 'respectfully assaulted') by a techno version of Chopin's Funeral March. It's all painfully postmodern with absolutely nothing to say. Subtle it ain't, but fun you betcha."