Two very bored shadowy characters try to think of something to do--and end up playing "Shadow Puppets."

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Two bored animated cutouts sit at a table. One is enthusiastic, suggesting things to do: check the TV, see if something's on the radio (five versions of La Cucaracha), play chess. Nothing works to relieve the boredom, including a ring of the door bell. So the enthusiastic one suggests shadow puppets, except that he's not very good, and worse, when his morose partner proves to be a brilliant puppeteer, the bubbly character hasn't a clue to what he's seeing. An argument ensues, ended by the sound of the door bell again. Who could it be? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Well animated, funny but a little too self-aware
26 October 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Two shadowy characters sit at home bored with only some `weird animation thing' on the telly. They try various things to stave off the boredom, welcoming the interruption of the door bell before resorting to playing shadow puppets.

Starting out with a reference to `some animation rubbish' being the only thing on TV, this short film sets out it's comedy to be self aware and witty. The animation looks good despite being just essentially animated shadows. The backgrounds (painted walls, corrugated iron sheeting etc) make the film look much better than it would have had it been just shadows on a white background.

There isn't much of a plot to it but the characters make it work. At times the two main characters are a bit OTT but not too much, in fact the characters do work well if you like sarcastic humour. The other characters are good – the double glazing salesman, and the final doorbell ring is pretty funny!

Overall this is a good film from the Aardman stable, which is witty and inventive. If it had a flaw it's that it was a little too self aware with it making several references to itself (`I can't imagine anything more boring than watching shadows') but this is a minor problem as these references are still quite funny.


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