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When the Day Breaks (1999)

A chance encounter, a juicy yellow lemon and an unfortunate twist of fate will reveal that the symbiotic relationship between people is inextricable.

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Wendy Tilby (concept)
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A rooster has his last biscuit for breakfast and goes grocery shopping. A pig prepares her breakfast (potato peelings, with the potatoes thrown in the trash) and discovers she needs more milk. Their paths cross, a lemon falls into the sewer, and both lives are changed. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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English

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5 September 1999 (USA) See more »

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Cuando el día se rompe See more »

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Nomination for Oscar - Best Animated Short Film, 2000. See more »

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Music by Judith Gruber-Stitzer
Lyrics by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis
Sung by Chaim Tannenbaum
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Lovely to look at but otherwise not especially noteworthy
13 February 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

WHEN THE DAY BREAKS was nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 2000. It lost to the amazing THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA--a truly great film due its brilliant graphics.

WHEN THE DAY BREAKS looked like a beautiful cartoon in search of a plot. It is very lovely to look at and at times is very stunning visually, but it also seems as if all the energy went into the graphics and little went into the plot--like it was, at best, of secondary importance. After you get over the impact of the great graphics and that all the animals are anthropomorphized (i.e., look and act like people), then what occurs seems dull and the early 30s style of music does nothing to perk it up in the least. It's worth a look--especially for artists, but just expect to be particularly engaged.


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