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Once Upon a Candle (2014)

A candle on a writer's desk faces an existential crisis and tries to overcome it with the help of his new friends.


Humphrey Erm


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Cast overview:
Humphrey Erm Humphrey Erm ... The Candle (voice)
Nick White Nick White ... The Inkwell (voice)
Carlton Fitzgerald Carlton Fitzgerald ... The Quill (voice)
Robert Bennett Robert Bennett ... The Writer (voice)


On a quiet evening in the 1800s, an author is busy writing a masterpiece. To light up his desk, a young and enthusiastic candle stands beside him, at first excited about the prospect of being useful but sadly disillusioned when he realizes just how short his life will be if he remains lit. With the help of his new friends, the inkwell and the quill, he comes to terms with the basic facts of life but will he live long enough to appreciate it? Written by Anonymous

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author | desk | candle | inkwell | quill | See All (10) »







Release Date:

25 May 2014 (USA) See more »

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The Animation Workshop See more »
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life of a candle
5 November 2017 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

maybe, a parable. about a candle and its mix of fear, enthusiasm and disillusion, a wise ink pot and a plume. and, sure, about a writer. and his lines. nice at first sigh, it is a story about each of us. about first faintheartedness and about pride to be more than useful for a significant mission, about doubts, friends and about the last part of mission. animation - great. characters - remembering the animated objects from others animations. and the fate of candle - good occasion for read again "The Happy Prince". so, a real nice short film.

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