Nick Cross’ Yellow Cake

Published October 12, 2009 by Graham


Getting a project past the gatekeepers of Hollywood tends to hinge on amalgamating several tried and true money-making formulas, distilled into a catchy logline like: “It’s Harry Potter meets Twilight in the post-apocalyptic year of 2013!” or “Picture Transformers 2 but with all the drama and twice the awards potential of Crash!” Pitching a movie that’s basically The Battle of Algiers meets Snow White would never fly. Luckily for us, that didn’t stop Nickelodeon animator Nick Cross from creating just such an insane hybrid in his spare time, and the result is the brilliant film below, Yellow Cake.

Check out this interview with Cross over at Slow Decade:

…The idea for the film came to me in 2003, around the time of the build-up to the war in Iraq. There was a lot of talk about ‘yellow cake’ uranium being sold in ominous tones, but I always thought of yellow cake as being a delicious dessert treat. I thought that the contrast was really funny and that got my creative juices flowing. I always enjoy the idea of blending cute things with something horrible; it’s just such an extreme contrast that I can’t resist going back to that well over-and-over again.

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