“Never Drive a Car When You’re Dead,” an Animation About Life and Death (But Mainly Death)

Never Drive a Car When You’re Dead opens with a failed suicide attempt. In defeat (or triumph?) the protagonist sits down for a cigarette and a brief song on a piano that turns into a kind of twisted funeral procession through the city, attracting crust punks, junkies, and a host of other people who, in the eyes of the world, might as well be dead. Surprisingly, the film, by Gregor Dashuber, is anything but morbid; it’s kind of an ironic celebration of life, a defiant last hurrah. So it goes: in the eyes of Never Drive a Car When You’re Dead, those who are closest to dead are full of life.

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