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Oh Well
Ohwell
Mario and Biff are held in police custody
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Comedy
Running time
12:16
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Part of the Biff and Mario series
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Oh Well is a 1989 dynamic duo comedy brickfilm by Dave Lennie and Andy Boyer. It is among the earliest brickfilms created and among the earliest known dialogue-based amateur brickfilms.[1] It is also the first full film to feature the characters of Biff Feedback and Mario Stradivarius, who would appear in the majority of Lennie and Boyer's films over the next fifteen years.

PlotEdit

Biff Feedback arrives at his friend Mario Stradivarius' house to inform him of the journey he shall be undertaking in search of a beautiful woman who appears in his dreams. Upon realising he has been dreaming of the same woman, Mario agrees to accompany Biff on his search.

The duo's journey takes them from Mongolia to south-east China where they are captured by the police for speeding. After escaping from the police station, Biff and Mario continue their adventure and eventually find the girl from their dreams. However, upon locating her, the two physically fight over her affection which displeases the girl and causes her to reject them both.

Biff and Mario are entirely indifferent to the rejection, both casually stating "Oh well". The woman resumes waiting for someone to arrive and win her affection while Biff and Mario leave. Outside, they recap the events of their day but reveal that they haven't learned much from their failed adventure. They then get in to a car to drive home.

CastEdit

  • Dave Lennie as Biff Feedback, Mario Stradivarius and Police-Dude
  • Lisa Lennie as Fabulous Babe

CrewEdit

  • Andy Boyer - Director, Writer
  • Dave Lennie - Animator, Editor
  • Lisa Lennie - Additional Set Design
  • A. Lennie - Additional Set Design
  • A. Flowers - Additional Set Design
  • Myke Swiston - Assistant Music Editor

ProductionEdit

Oh Well was written and filmed over one weekend in 1989. It was written and directed by Andy Boyer with animation by Dave Lennie. Rather than using individual frames to create animation, it is made of a series of brief video clips, averaging roughly 2 frames per second or less.

Crude in-camera special effects are employed often such as filming a TV screen for a tunnel effect and using real fire for explosions. One sequence shows a lighter being held up to a set that had been covered in lighter fluid to create real combustion, though it fails to ignite and the shot ultimately amounts to nothing. Another scene shows a line being drawn on a map of Asia in real time to signify traveling. Boyer has stated that the only reason Biff and Mario are shown to live in Mongolia is that the only map available during production came from an issue of National Geographic that was lying around, featuring the map of Asia.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. BricksInMotion.com post documenting known early brickfilms
  2. Boyer's recollection of production
Biff and Mario series
Oh Well (1989) · TE (1990) · Heart of Darkness (1995) · Taco Trouble (2003) · Bork (2004) · Breaking News (2004)