Hestand’s characters (one of whom is played by Todd Haynes) take their cues from Art Clokey’s Claymation figures, Davey and Goliath; but she subverts homage with a dark undertone of Oedipal conflict. With jerky movement by live actors, lacquered hair, oversized ears and painted backdrops, this visually brilliant film draws inspiration from Blue Velvet and Superstar. An Apparatus Production