‘The Quays work in dimensional animation, which means that the spaces and objects they use to create their elliptical narratives are materials from our everyday world. They can circumvent and bend laws of space, perspective, and continuity to a greater degree….’ (Buchan, 2011, pg 45).
Within the Quays adaptation, an array of narrative techniques is visible. ‘Street of Crocodiles’ film is a presentation of ideas from Schulz rather than a direct adaptation. To formulate their narratives, the Quays rely on the relationship between the hands and the tangible object. The objects begin to inform the story and they lead the narrative rather than the opposite. The Quays only have a limited sense of the trajectory, they formulate a story through the re-arrangement of the objects and through intuition. Narratives start to unfold once the objects are imbued with life from the human hand; for example, when the screws start to untwist themselves from the ground they start to lead the narrative around the imagined space of the Quays.
(Tom Margett – The Animator as a Catalyst, 2017).