Author, poet Charles Bukowski was never the flowery, abstract type of poet people are accustomed to. His musings on life ranged in topics, but they always had a thin veil of cynicism to them, which is no surprise if you ever listened to his thoughts on life. In The Man With the Beautiful Eyes, a film that won the BAFTA for best animated short in 2000, Bukowski’s poem is given a visual makeover. Director Jonathan Hodgson and Jonny Hannah teamed up to create the short with the goal of creating an animation that would flow like poetry, telling a story fluidity instead of literally. Using cel animation techniques with paint on paper, the result is a unique take on Bukowski’s work that captures his elusive, paradoxical nature.