There are few films like Custard, so for better or worse at least it’s original, but whether or not you like this short animation largely depends on your own personality. For my part, I think Custard, the animated short by Peter Millard, is something of a masterpiece, in it’s own little way, and here’s why: it hijacks your brain and rides it kicking and screaming back into you’re childhood, like a banana opening and then swallowing itself in one motion, or a man evolving into an ape, sure it’s hyperbole, it’s a contradiction, and it’s ridiculous and not to mention meaningless, but does that really matter?
Custard identifies solely with your childish self, and if you’re the kind of person who’s still in touch with the absurd, you’ll find something of interest in the film. But It’s not that some people will be “cool” enough to be in on the joke, there isn’t a joke, that’s what’s funny about it. Custard is semantics for the deranged, a blur of strange images and misplaced sounds that form a narrative of nonsense.
The childish scribbles zoom and whiz all over the screen, confident and purposeful, only occasionally pausing to observe one another with ponderous expressions, as if these characters acknowledge the chaotic nature of the animation, if only for a brief moment. Amidst the all or nothing humour and the natural surrealism, there is a sense of underlining cynicism, which almost goes unnoticed but is certainly present throughout. But this is in keeping with it’s back to basics theme, as every child can tell you “shit happens” and that’d almost be the point of the film, if it had one. The film is a catalyst, like alcohol, and it’s wonderful and hilarious, but don’t let anyone tell you Custard is thought-provoking, or subversive, because frankly it’s not. At all. It’s about as thought provoking as a child’s finger painting, and as subversive as a German shepherd. Peter Millard doesn’t really care if you like his film, and that’s what makes it indestructible, there are no pretensions, no promises, no forced meaning, it’s an animation about stuff happening. And it’s good.