I had seen Rejected my Sophomore year of high school and we actually stumbled upon it randomly. Little did we know of the sheer importance of this work. Rejected comments on so many facets of society all of which we thrive and function. The first theme is that of fitting in and he totally demolishes this sense of normality. A lot of people had trouble trying to grasp the message behind it because of the darkness and cynicism behind it. The film starts out being enigmatic and often quite funny. After a few skits the film becomes reflexive. Moments such as the silly hats only skit- and the later commercials show that we are all products of consumerism. We are reflexive and needing of acceptance and attention. We strive to fit in but at the same time stand out from constant normality.
Rejected is everything you love bout a film, but maybe are ashamed to like something different. You are afraid to make a connection and admit that you maybe a product of it.
Most of rejected is reflexive on the part of Don Hertzfeldt’s role as an artist and creator. Rejected deals with the issues of producing content. The structure- “without meaningful input and lacking and remaining reason or coherent narrative structure the rejected cartoons grew unstable. They began to fall apart”
This can always be easily relate-able to the content found in society- reality tv, online content. Is there a lack of structure- does this lead to a decline in mindset, in society’s standards, etc…?
There is a lot more to say about this- but these are a few talking points