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The setting is a desolate rocky landscape and cave. A motley crew of three punk-like rats (voiced by Richard Gray and Bruce Currie) provide the chorus for their buddy, the guitar strumming lovelorn Rat (sung by Paul Livingston). Rat spruces himself up and boldly ventures into the dark lair of the object of his love, the mysterious Pussy (voiced by Miche Bonnett).
Summary by Antoinette Starkiewicz
Rat sings of having a plan when going into battle, while rubbing a gel-like substance on his body. The battle is love and the object is a giant cat. Rat’s courage in serenading Pussy and cajoling her with rare and bizarre gifts is clever and engaging.
Love can be a dangerous game, the animator is saying with some wit, and you are taking a risk upsetting the natural order of things. But if you do, you would do well to protect yourself. It is not until the end that we realise Rat has done just that, by applying hot chilli jam to his body.
Love Song Synopsis
Supported by a bedraggled band of musician rats (voiced by Richard Gray and Bruce Currie), the hero – lovelorn, poetical Rat (sung by Paul Livingston) – bravely puts his life on the line. He ventures into the mysterious cave of Pussy (voiced by Miche Bonett), his love object, whom he cajoles with gifts and poetic declarations. Pussy toys with his affections but Rat emerges, wiser if slightly the worse for wear.
The creator of Love Song, Bruce Currie, is an all-round entertainer – actor, writer, director, producer, illustrator and animator. In this animation he conjures up a world that is at once familiar and bizarre, inhabited by creatures that share animal and human characteristics.
An experienced animator with a rare sense of humour, Currie gives us a band of bedraggled country-rock musicians who support and comment on their buddy’s quest for love. The fact that they happen to be rats, and that the love object is a giant pussy cat, gives the film its unique and surreal appeal. Rat, the hero of the story, is admirable in his undeterred quest for Pussy; even as she nearly skewers him with her giant claw, he sings:
I love you, Pussy,
Pussy, je t’adore.
Try me once there, Missy,
You’ll come running back for more!
Bruce Currie’s Love Song treats the theme of love with bravado, originality and humour. His films have been broadcast on SBS Television’s Eat Carpet (1989–2005), with long-time collaborator Paul Livingston (also known as Flacco) providing a live-action foil to Currie’s animated forays.
Love Song screened on SBS Television in 1998 and at the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film in Germany in 1999.
Notes by Antoinette Starkiewicz