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In the face of overwhelming urbanization and recklessness, creatures struggle to preserve a remnant of the peace they once knew. Selfless acts of love plant the seeds of change that will ultimately prove the salvation of his world.



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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »


"Even folks who know all about the prairie dog controversy will be enlightened by VARMINTS. From all appearances, the issue is far more complex than environmentalists vs. property owners, preservationists vs. developers; or rednecks vs. vegetarians and animal-rights activists. Viewers everywhere will ponder who, in the grand scheme of things, who the true varmints are." Westword Written by Anonymous

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April 2009 (USA)  »

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Alimañas  »

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Great, believable animation!
28 March 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Exhilaration, joy, safety or fear, terror, worry – just a bit of imagination and not only watch or listen, but feel, be there, look around, touch, smell, hear, sense. Open up for a few moments and think you're Varmints, think of that world, think of its encounter. Does it seem familiar? Hell yes! Urbanization, pollution, death - we people have recently started to face the negative effects of these factors. This sad animation shows us how it all will come to an end. Spend about twenty minutes of your life all eyes and ears. Your eyes will be delighted by some animated scenes not quite different from our own world. Picture it as one of our great cities, such as New York or Tokyo. Initially, it was just a green grass land, filled with trees, flowers and other life forms. Enjoying the scenery, smiling at the sun, being happy - you were there too. Then, suddenly, it all changed. The sun wasn't there any more, your tree began to die, your plant dried. You were scared. Therefore, you believed that the new world was a better one and you sought salvation in it. Integrating, adapting, transforming - you did that and thought it was the right way for creating a perfect society. Limitless, not just to yourself, you also started to do things, to change the environment and the planet itself. Cutting trees, exploiting countless resources, building blast furnaces and concrete walls – you started to pollute, to destroy. But for how long? This animation depicts a possible ending of this dark era. Furthermore, your ears will be astonished by the amazing, powerful, hearty soundtrack. This will be the special feature that will lead you through the contrasting feelings, give you hope or may encourage you to shed a tear when your friend fades away. At 24 minutes, the animation not only offers an insight into the effects of urbanization, but also sends out many interpretations. I wish, for instance, that the filmmakers had emphasized more the idea of socializing. In the fast 21st century, people like to communicate, to share impressions, to work in teams. Overpassing the fact that the animation doesn't include any lines, the main character - Varmints – is some kind of anti-social creature. For example, while all the others go to work, walk or just get together, he just stays in his flat or down in the street with his plant friend. Only in the end, does it seem to be approaching another creature. But then, for what reason? The filmmakers gave no chance to those life forms, no chance for friendship or for love. We, humans, still have that. It's up to us to decide our future, until it's not too late.

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