What an excellent short. I loved the minimalistic style, especially in the end. The meaning in this so very short film can be pulled in so many directions. I feel as if one can begin with the title and end up talking about all that is right and wrong with humanity. Therefore minimalistic design was a very fitting choice. This film doesn’t need to show anything through imagery, its meaning says it all. The world around the characters is there simply to prove a point. Enjoy.
Directors: Wolfgang and Christoph Lauenstein, Germany, 1989. Academy Award for Best Animated Short (1989).
It is interesting (to me at least) how during the Era of Information one can be both amazed and disillusioned by the works of men and the speed with which it travels around the globe. I roam the various internet spaces everyday and everyday I am greeted by a new wondrous work of art. Even if I have seen some of them before, I am always humbled by their beauty. And then I end up wondering “Where do you think you are going with your petty mind and your petty work?”. But then again, life is a magical thing and no one was ever scorned upon for trying (dreaming is another thing but I’d rather not go there) so after such an event I usually just absorb what I saw, give a small shrug and go on with my petty work.
The character of this beautiful short film is, also, such a dreamer. And even though the end of his adventure is most definitely grave, I don’t think he regrets the journey. Watch, absorb and enjoy!
Animated short 2010 (Graduation project)
Inspired by Lotte Reiniger works and Antony Lucas’s Jasper Morello film.
Written & Directed by Andrey Shushkov
Original Music and Sound: Polina Sizova, Anton Melnikov.
Violin perfomed by Anna Gudkova
Not original music part at 4’26: Chopin
Animation, Design, Compositing, Editing: Andrey Shushkov