This is one of the best shorts I have seen lately, both in conception, development and story.
It isn't the special effects, or the CGI or the cheap visual joke or the flashy stuff. It's the mix of nativity, whimsicality and good storytelling that Melchior used to create a timeless universal clean story that can be enjoyed and understood by anybody, no matter their cultural or religious background.
The hidden jewel in the story is that learning requires time, not everybody learns at the same pace, so perseverance is the key; don't put pressure on those who need more time to get there, or put pressure on yourself for learning at a different pace. It is also a story about discovering your own unique voice.
What makes this short film so good is firstly, the story. You could tell the film story to your children verbally before they go to bed, and it would be a great story. It is also the animation, you could have the images of the short printed on a book, and the story would be a successful illustrated book for children.
This being the case, the short works at both levels, the cinematic and the narrative. The fact that these guys used children-drawing techniques (potato print) to create this gorgeous piece of animation speaks loud of what imagination and a vision can produce in animation, and how one can be original and break the mold without following mainstream animation trends or fashions.
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