Directed by Brad Bernstein
Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story depicts one man’s wild, lifelong adventure of testing societal boundaries through his use of subversive art. This documentary film combines traditional storytelling with original animation from over 70 years worth of art from the renegade children’s book author and illustrator, political provocateur, and master of erotica. Far Out Isn’t Far Enough explores the circumstances of his meteoric rise and fall on American soil, but also delves into Ungerer’s formative years leading up to, and prolific years since, his time in America.
Tomi Ungerer is recognized worldwide for his contributions to children’s literature and the influence his work has had on a variety of art forms and subject matters, including illustration, political art and erotica. “No one, I dare say, no one was as original,” Maurice Sendak said. “Tomi influenced everybody.” Yet the same factors that vaulted him to meteoric success – his fearlessness, charisma, and tenacious independence – also made him a lightning rod for controversy and the object of intense malice. Once the most famous children’s book author in America, Tomi Ungerer became persona non grata in this country, exiled to the professional abyss and forgotten by readers, his most recognized books out of print. Until now.