The Maker: The Beguiling Preciousness of Life and Love

The Maker: The Beguiling Preciousness of Life and Love

The Maker is an acclaimed stop-motion animated short film directed by Christopher Kezelos, which has screened and wan major film awards at a number of film festivals. The film has recently been nominated for Best Animated Short Film in the 2013 Short of the Week Awards, with winners to be announced beginning February11, 2013.

The Maker is set in a dimly-lit fantasy world, where a strange rabbit-like creature races against time, as he attempts to make the most important and beautiful creation of his life. Freud more than once implied that what is fundamental to our sense of happiness is the ability to love and work. Similarly, director Kezelos describes The Maker as an exploration of “the preciousness of our moments on earth, the short time we have with loved ones and the enjoyment of ones life’s work and purpose. In their fleeting existence our characters experience joy, love, hard work, purpose, loss and loneliness.”

The Maker: The Beguiling Preciousness of  Life and Love

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Benigni: A Tale of Solitary Loneliness and Affliction

Benigni: A Tale of Solitary Loneliness and Affliction

Benigni is a dramatic and beautifully conceived animated short film created by Elli Vuorinen, Jasmiini Ottelin and Pinja Partanen, students at Sweden’s Turku Arts Academy. A combination of puppetry, stop-motion and computer-aided 2D animation, the film tells the story of Benigni who is a rather seedy, chain-smoking xylophone player living a solitary existence until he discovers a nasty growth sprouting out of his side. This calls for some drastic pruning, but the tumor is not what it appears to be, which takes the story in a totally unexpected direction, and the resolving twist is even more shocking. Moving, funny, sad and surprising all at once, Benigni is well on its way to becoming an internet classic.

Benigni: A Tale of Solitary Loneliness and Affliction

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Tufty: An Apocalypto with Teddy Bears

Tufty: An Apocalypto with Teddy Bears

Tufty is an amazing, award-winning short film written and directed by brothers Jason Butler and Brendan Butler, which was produced for Warrior Films through the Filmbase/RTÉ Short Film Award Scheme in 2007. With the holiday season upon us, Tufty provides a heart-wrenching glimpse into the actual origins of teddy bears.

While we’d all like to think our toys come to life when we’re not around, just as they did in Toy Story, Tufty takes an opposite and much more disturbing approach: behind the innocent face of a child’s teddy bear lies a dark and bloody secret. At first glance, Tufty is a cute little bear, a transitional object that is an ideal gift for a young child. But if you return the little teddy bear to its natural habitat, you’ll discover that under his velvet fabric beats a sensitive heart that can flourish under more harmonious conditions.

Tufty: An Apocalypto with Teddy Bears

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A Hyper-Gothic Badtime Halloween Horror Story: The Mascot

A Hyper-Gothic Badtime Halloween Horror Story: The Mascot

Since we’re just a week away from Halloween, let’s take a moment here, since watching movies is what many of us do on Halloween, to view this classic Middle-European badtime puppet-animated short film, complete with a fake forest awash in fake dry ice mist harboring fake subhuman atrociousness. Yes, this little film summons forth a frightening return to the dark corners of childhood, to a time of being that young kid shivering before, yet utterly fascinated by old-timey horror cobwebbiness.

The Mascot (Fetiche Mascotte) (1934) is a surreal old-school Goth-horror stop-motion puppet-animated short film created by Ladislaw Starewicz, a Lithuanian-born animator. Starewicz’ childhood passion for entomology led him to began producing short documentaries in Moscow around 1909-1910, beginning with a documentary about insects in Lithuania. In his spare time, he experimented with stop-action films using beetles, which led to his big breakthrough,The Battle of the Stag Beetles,said to be  the first puppet-animated film. The Russian Revolution caused Ladislaw to emigrate; he fled to France in 1920, where he spent the rest of his life producing surreal, lyrical animations.

The Mascot, also known as The Devil’s Ball or Puppy Love, was created using toys and demonic vegetables. The film tells a long and very strange story about a loving dog puppet, who practically goes through Hell trying to get an orange to a little girl who is dying of scurvy. The Mascot follows the adventures of errant toys lost in the frightening shadows of a dark city, climaxing with a windblown, Satan-haunted oratorio that is sure to get right under your skin.

A Hyper-Gothic Badtime Halloween Horror Story: The Mascot

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Beware The Gawper: A Horribly Terrifying Halloween Experience!

Beware The Gawper: A Horribly Terrifying Halloween Experience!

The Gawper is a terrifying, comedic horror-themed two-minute animated short film directed by the talented Seth Watkins at A Large Evil Corporation. With the most evil time of the year approaching, this new CG animated short is reminiscent of the early horror flicks, paying homage to films like Frankenstein and Dracula. The little film is part A Nightmare Before Christmas, part Looney Tunes and part 1950s B-movie goodness.

In the midnight darkness of night, what horrible terror awaits? Well, let’s just say that it doesn’t pay to be a grave robber, especially when terrifying skeletons belonging to the dead you are attempting to rob are going to try to stop you. Now, play the video below if you dare!

Beware The Gawper: A Horribly Terrifying Halloween Experience!

(Best Viewed in Terrifying HD Full-Screen Mode)

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Over Time: A Sad Tale of the Mystery of Death

Over Time: A Sad Tale of the Mystery of Death

Over Time is a phenomenal animated short film by the directing team of Oury Atlan, Thibaut Berland and Damien Ferrie from the French animation school Supinfoco. The film is simply amazing; accomplished CG is used to animate, and a black-and-white palette with a powerful musical score lend its finest scenes a haunting, operatic grandeur.

The film tells the story of the Muppets who continue on after the death of their master, Jim Henson. It presents a heart-rending tale of the sad mystery of death. Common lore holds that the first stage of grief is always denial, but that’s the only possibility if you’re not even able to conceive of death (such as in the case of a young child).  It’s as if you were a puppet, and your own creator died. You could just valiantly try to bring him back to life, the same way he once did with you.

And so it is in Over Time, where the small fabric puppets find their creator lying on his bench, dead. But our sad little creatures don’t understand that he died, for they had never been confronted with such a concept. Instead, they devote all of their subsequent efforts to incorporate Henson’s body into their own daily routine, as they very slowly come to terms with his death.

Over Time: A Sad Tale of the Mystery of Death

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Sayonara: A Sad Farewell in an Era of Global Warming

Sayonara: A Sad Farewell in an Era of Global Warming

Sayonara is a beautiful four-minute animated short film by Canadian artist Eric Bates, a film he created while at Japan’s Kyoto University of Art and Design. The film is a mix of minimally rendered CG, detailed puppet model-making, and hand-drawn animation. Sayonara tells the story of two unlikely friends saying goodbye. A young man named Charles just lost his home to the encroaching sea and spends one last day with his best friend, a sea turtle, before moving on. Just in case you miss it, there’s a short sequence after the credits.

Sayonara: A Sad Farewell in an Era of Global Warming

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