Animator Signe Bauman Explores Love in a Time of Crocodile Penises

Recalling the work of Bill Plympton (with whom she has worked on a number of films), Latvian animator Signe Bauman’s films mix children’s-storybook-style animations with surreal, disturbingly funny subject matter. Her 1998 short Love Story, which was also her first American film, starts off with a simple tale of love gone wrong, then takes a deeply unsettling detour into … well, it’s hard to describe, but let’s just say there’s a giant crocodile dick involved. Either way, by the time these three and a half minutes are over, you may want to take a shower and also lock up your dog. There’s more where Love Story came from: Ten of eye-opening Baumane’s films are available on DVD, courtesy of Indiepix. (If you liked this, we highly recommend another film, Five Fucking Fables, which we were just too scared to show here.) Also, the acclaimed animator will be curating an evening of animated shorts by immigrant filmmakers working in New York, courtesy of the New York Foundation for the Arts, on April 17. —Bilge Ebiri