A being made of sand wakes up in the desert. It finds a bottle near him, but it's empty. The noise of dropping water can be heard not far away. When the being finds the place the ground ... See full summary »

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A being made of sand wakes up in the desert. It finds a bottle near him, but it's empty. The noise of dropping water can be heard not far away. When the being finds the place the ground opens and swallows it... Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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Falling down
16 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Quest is an animation by Thomas Stellmach. It won the Oscar for Best Animated Short in 1997.

It is claymation with very good stop motion and interesting backgrounds of a character made out of sand leaving his world of sand as he hears the sound of water and falling through various other worlds as he follows the sound of the water dripping down. We enter a world of paper, stone and iron all allowing the animator to work with different themes and texture.

The problem I had that although the animation was very good with some magnificent detail the story left me nonplussed. The character falls through different worlds and each world seems to get more advanced until he falls through the industrial world as he continues his quest. It just all looked like a message of the dangers of industrialisation but maybe I expected something more.


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