Parigot: The Royal Servant’s Epic Battle Against A Homeless Hobo

Parigot: The Royal Servant’s Epic Battle Against A Homeless Hobo

Parigot (The Course) is an action-packed, comical five-minute animated short film by created by Mehdi Alavi, Loic Bramoulle, Axel Digoix, Geoffrey Lerus, and Alexandre Wolfromm at the French animation school Georges Méliès. In the streets of a Paris that is starkly divided between outrageosly fashionable and wealthy aristocrats versus crowds of poverty-stricken homeless people, the film depicts the mortal struggle of two characters from those wildly different worlds. A handsome-looking royal servant is forced to engage in a city-wide battle against a filthy homeless man helped by a large flock of determined pigeons. The ultimate stake? A deliciously appetizing gourmet supper. Drawn by those whom they serve into a conflict that is no longer theirs, under the mirthful spectators’ eyes of a merciless metropolis, who will end up triumphant in this epic battle? The rich, the poor…or maybe neither?

Parigot: The Royal Servant’s Epic Battle Against A Homeless Hobo

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The Incident at Tower 37: An Epic Battle Over Water

The Incident at Tower 37: An Epic Battle Over Water

The Incident at Tower 37 is an animated short film written and directed by animator Chris Perry, within the collaborative animation curriculum at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. The ten-minute HD animated short is a sci-fi film with a message, which was released this week in honor of World Water Day. The film tells the story of a battle over water, between a corporation that dries up a waterbody and the ecosystem that’s being destroyed. Tower 37 is siphoning every drop of water from a once-pristine lake, that is, until the station’s steward realizes that it is slowly destroying an entire ecosystem.

Perry notes that The Incident at Tower 37 is highly allegorical: “The film tells the story of one person’s transition from ignorance to awareness. Tragically, it happens too late to save them. But it shows we have the capacity to understand our broader impact on the world and, ultimately, do something about it. My personal hope is that we all recognize the ticking clock and act responsibly sooner rather than later.”

The Incident at Tower 37: An Epic Battle Over Water

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Little Dinosaurs: A Fight Against Tyranny

The Little Dinosaurs: A Fight Against Tyranny

Little Dinosaurs is an acclaimed one-minute animated short-film that was a Regional Winner in the 2008 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA). In addition, the film is presently a Short-Listed Finalist in The 2008 National Virgin Media Shorts (UK) film competition, with the winning short-film to be announced at a gala awards ceremony to be held in London on September 29th, 2008.

In Little Dinosaurs, a five-year-old boy discusses how a group of small dinosaurs can stop a big dinosaur from picking on them. The film captures the boy’s excitement and involvement as it presents a view of bullying through the eyes of a child. Technically, the film engages the narrative in a creatively original way. The little dinosaurs in the film are not talking, but rather they’re reacting to what the boy says. It’s as though the viewer can literally see what the young boy is imagining. The little dinosaurs actually look to the camera from time to time, as if they are waiting to hear what the boy says next so that they can know what to do.

Little Dinosaurs is an elegantly simple animated film, which within a time-frame of 60-seconds addresses important contemporary social issues at both practical and global levels. First, it speaks to the issue of bullying, which is currently a major concern for schools and communities in many countries. Secondly, it evokes thoughts about children being able to work together and and about unity. Finally, Little Dinosaurs’ narrative can be abstracted to a global level, in particular to thoughts about the daunting present-day struggles to confront terrorism and tyranny, declaring that, “If we don’t unite against tyranny, we will all be slaves to fear.”

Little Dinosaurs: A Fight Against Tyranny

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The Breathtaking Battle at Kruger: A Babe is Saved

The Breathtaking Battle at Kruger: A Babe is Saved

The video that is presented for you below received a 2008 YouTube Video Award, winning as the best video in the Eyewitness Category.  Battle at Kruger is an absolutely thrilling documentary that was captured on film while a tourist was on a safari in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.  The spine-tingling, astonishing documentary shows a pride of lions attacking a baby wild buffalo, and the entire ensuing breathtaking battle that then took place between the group of lions, the buffalo herd and 2 crocodiles at a watering hole in Kruger National Park.  After the pride of lions and crocodiles had pinned down the cape buffalo calf, the angry herd of buffalo was prompted by the attack to fight off the predators and it eventually saved the babe.

During the video, you can hear a fellow traveler remark, “You could sell that video!”  After returning home, David Budzinski, the tourist from Texas who had recorded the stunning scene, did try to sell it, but National Geographic and Animal Planet weren’t interested.  Only after the battle, which is alternately horrifying and inspiring, became one of the most popular videos in YouTube’s history did the buyers come calling.  Last summer The National Geographic Channel purchased the television rights to the video, and on Sunday, May 11th, at 9 p.m. Eastern time, it will devote an entire hour to a documentary that deconstructs this thrilling wildlife drama.

The Breathtaking Battle at Kruger: A Babe is Saved

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African Lions Attack Baby Buffalo: A Royal Battle to the End

African Lions Attack Baby Buffalo: A Royal Battle to the End

This video that is presented for below received a 2008 YouTube Video Award, winning as the best video in the Eyewitness Category. Battle at Kruger is an absolutely thrilling documentary that was captured on film while on a safari in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. The spine-tingling, astonishing documentary shows a pride of lions attacking a baby wild buffalo, and the entire ensuing breathtaking battle that then takes place between the group of lions, the buffalo herd and 2 crocodiles at a watering hole in Kruger National Park.

Battle at Kruger: An Awesome Royal War to the Bitter End

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Raging Battle Ensues: Vicious Battle Rages on the Home Front!!

The Chosen One Wages a Raging Battle!!

Some Disguises Used by The Chosen One

Yes, The Chosen One is Waging a Raging, Viscious Battle!!

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