The Velvet Underground are badass. But they are not for everyone. Unique, charismatic, sexy and even scary. Lou Reed and his band of buddies set a standard that influenced poets, musicians and even bankers looking for some “Sweet Jane.”
Anthony Jannelli and Robert Pietri’s documentary film, “The Velvet Underground Played At My High School” shows how important the band’s music was and how it transfixed an entire generation of teenagers looking for something different. Using an awesome almost black and white hand-drawn Disney style that has its own signature rough and gruff approach, the film absolutely puts you in the mind of a tenth grader during a Velvet Underground concert in 1965.
Whether you appreciate the band’s work or not, the story and animation bring you in. The small facial expression of the main character and the sights and sounds of the gym make it almost feel like an animated episode of “The Wonder Years.” But, to be fair, Kevin, Paul and Winnie weren’t ready for these tunes. Maybe Wayne though. You, on the other hand, might be converted by the end of it.
Because of Jannelli’s fun dialogue and the seamless animation, this film is just as catchy as Reed’s tunes. Those looking for an explanation of not only the greatest of the band, but the uniqueness and charm of short film have a perfect case study here.