Poland-born, Australia-based animator Yoram Gross, the subject of the documentary "Blinky & Me," appears throughout the film, and yet the resulting portrait feels strikingly incomplete.
Filmmaker Tomasz Magierski's admiration and respect for Gross are clear, as are the octogenarian's youthful spirit and resilience. But like "Life Is Strange," another recently released Holocaust-themed doc, this is more an illustrated talk than a cohesive nonfiction work.
Magierski assumes a familiarity with Gross' productions, the most well-known of which is TV series "Blinky Bill," based on children's books about a mischievous koala. Although he includes snippets of that and other work and a cursory career overview, the director is concerned mainly with Gross' teen years as a Jew in occupied Poland.
Gross relates the experiences of displacement and escape from the ghetto — his sole possession the harmonica he still plays — onscreen to his grandkids during a visit to his hometown, Krakow. Among the movie's excellent selection of archival stills is a photo in which his parents' storefront is visible behind a Nazi rally.