Movie Review: My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea was written and directed by acclaimed graphic novelist Dash Shaw and features the voice talents of Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, Susan Sarandon, Alex Karpovsky and John Cameron Mitchell.

From cartoonist Dash Shaw comes an audacious, critically-acclaimed comedy debut that blends disaster movies, teen dramas and blockbuster clichés into a dazzling tale about how high school shapes who we become, even in the most unusual of circumstances. Dash (Jason Schwartzman) and his best friend Assaf (Reggie Watts) are preparing for another year at Tides High School, muckraking on behalf of their widely distributed but little-read school newspaper, edited by their friend Verti (Maya Rudolph). But just when a blossoming relationship between Assaf and Verti threatens the boys’ friendship, Dash learns of an administration cover-up that puts all of the students in danger. As disaster erupts and the friends race to escape through the roof of the school, they are joined by a popular know-it-all (Lena Dunham) and a lunch lady (Susan Sarandon) who is much more than meets the eye.

Dash and Assaf write for the school newspaper but their fellow classmates aren’t really interested in their work because they’re all getting information from other outlets – hello spicy social media news. So, Dash decides to do a little research to try and build up some interest in the paper and his snooping leads him to discovering that the school isn’t up to code. He tries to warn everybody but when an earthquake hits and the faultline gives, the school slides off into the ocean and this sets up mass chaos.

The kids are all trapped inside the school as water slowly rises and they ultimately make their way through the levels of the sinking disaster zone. During this adventure, Dash and his friends make a few new allies (the lunchroom lady is awesome) as well as see how a deadly situation like this can turn others into monsters. In the end, Dash and his friends find a way to escape while the rest parish in their watery graves. My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea plays like a day in the life of with a little zero to hero and armageddon added to the mix.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features more artwork. Each disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc wer ereally good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea was a a fun watch but it’s not going to be for everyone. The story was interesting and I liked the main characters. New animation technology has allowed Dash Shaw to put this animated project together with the help of some of his friends and the outcome is an impressive piece of work. The voice cast also did a really good job with their characters. The animation style (think watercolors, lots of swirls and layered mattes) isn’t going to be for everyone but the movie is more story and character driven and that’s what I liked most about it. As dire as this situation gets, the humor is still there throughout the journey and it all ultimately ends on a positive note. I grew up during the “After School Special” era and to me this plays very much like those but it’s still geared for my generation and is more adult-themed. My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea is a unique animated work of art that will be available on a Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack on January 23rd.

Distributor: Shout! Factory and GKIDS

Run Time: 77 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and French

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, five short films, a making of featurette and the theatrical trailer for the movie.

  • Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Dash Shaw
  • Short Films By Dash Shaw
  1. Baroness (01:09)
  2. Cosplayers (01:10)
  3. New School Trailer (01:04)
  4. Bottomless Belly Button (01:02)
  5. Bodyworld (01:14)
  • The Art Of My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea (13:08)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:55)

 

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