Jangwa!: Innocent, Bereft Little Meerkats Confront the Desert’s Dangerous Unknown!

Jangwa!: Innocent, Bereft Little Meerkats Confront the Desert’s Dangerous Unknown!

Jangwa! is a very clever animated short film by Ilija Brunck and Jan Bitzer, which was a Nominee for the German 2006 Baden-Württemberg Award for Best Animated Short Film. In the film, a group of curious little meerkats are quietly standing atop a stone ridge, surveying the desert below them as the sun rises. Suddenly, a strange danger is seen rapidly approaching toward the tiny meerkats from the barren desert below them. The innocent, meek little meerkats stand up in a straight line, one behind the other, all looking in the same direction to protect one another. A sense of great expectant suspense builds as the huge, menacing dangerous, nasty-looking creature rises up right before them, and then….

Jangwa!: Innocent, Bereft Little Meerkats Confront the Desert’s Dangerous Unknown!

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The Big Red Rabbit: Secret Corners of the Heart

The Big Red Rabbit: Secret Corners of the Heart

Red Rabbit is a brilliant animated short film by Egmont Mayer, an allegory for the lives of non-social people. The film tells the story of a man who had lived all alone in a small apartment, until one day a few years ago when a rabbit suddenly appeared. Since that time, what little contact he previously had been having with other people dropped to zero after the rabbit turned up. Every attempt he made to get the rabbit out of his apartment failed, and since he wasn’t sure whether or not pets are allowed in the building, he hasn’t let anybody enter his apartment. Over the years, the rabbit has grown and grown and grown…it’s become like his huge, gigantic pet now. But it’s also a reminder that some habits start out small, yet end up growing into something potentially life-threatening!

At the very surprising end of the film, the big rabbit and another huge pet that appears on the scene, seem to stand for the secret corner in everyone’s heart…it can be somebody, a memory, some strange habit, that we don’t want to show to others. We keep them with us carefully, feed them and feel ourselves to be inferior to “normal” people, until one day the wall comes shattering down, and we find with surprise that even the most virtuous people around us also have their own “secret corners”

The Big Red Rabbit: Secret Corners of the Heart

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