This Way Up: A Black-Comic Tale of the Wonder and Pointlessness of Human Life

This Way Up: A Black-Comic Tale of the Wonder and Pointlessness of Human Life

This Way Up, directed by Adam Foulkes and Alan Smith, was a 2009 Academy-Award Nominee for Best Animated Short Film. It played at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and has received more than eight awards at film festivals throughout the world. This computer-animated short is a macabre, black-comic film that follows a pair of strange, top-hatted undertakers who had suffered a terrible catastrophe when a huge falling boulder flattened their hearse. A seemingly unending series of hazards confronts the undertakers as they make their way across the countryside with just a coffin for company.

The odd-couple is compelled to get the coffin and its dearly departed contents into a hallowed burial ground, even if that means combating a lethal chain reaction of dangers, while enduring their own epic voyage to the gates of hell and back again. This Way Up reveals more of both the wonder and the pointlessness of human life than most full-length feature films.

This Way Up: A Black-Comic Tale of the Wonder and Pointlessness of Human Life

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