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Historia de un oso (2014)

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An old, lonesome bear tells the story of his life through a mechanical diorama.

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Gabriel Osorio Vargas (as Gabriel Osorio)

Writers:

Daniel Castro (script), Gabriel Osorio Vargas (as Gabriel Osorio)
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Every day, a melancholy old bear takes a mechanical diorama that he has created out to his street corner. For a coin, passersby can look into the peephole of his invention, which tells the story of a circus bear who longs to escape and return to the family from which he was taken. Written by Jwelch5742

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Country:

Chile

Release Date:

23 February 2016 (USA) See more »

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A História de Um Urso See more »

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The premise is inspired by the Pinochet regime in Chile which tore families apart and imprisoned many innocent civilians. See more »

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Work the pain away
24 February 2016 | by StevePulaskiSee all my reviews

Gabriel Osorio Vargas's animated short Bear Story would be the perfect film to be embraced by the steampunk crowd. Its meticulous, mechanical, almost retrograde-style animation that simultaneously transports us back in time and in the future makes for an eye-catching affair, if those eyes don't well with tears while watching the story untold. The eleven-minute short concerns a lonesome bear, who tells his life story through a mechanical diorama he shows to passersby, as he collects tips while sharing a piece of his unfortunate life, hoping, if nothing else, to keep the memory of his family alive while he's doing what he loves.

While it has its fair share of mawkish sentiments, thanks to no dialog and a soft musical score, there's a commentary in Bear Story that didn't quite hit me until I began writing this review. The entire film's moral revolves around a bear continuing to work through heartbreak, sadness, and personal hardships by way of his passion. His meticulous, uncompromising craft keeps him going in many ways, and his zealous artistic ability is what keeps his gears turning like the gears in his many dioramas. The result produces two lofty morals: exhaust the pain away by fighting the tears by doing what you love and, for the umpteenth time, animation doesn't always correlate to being "for children."


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