Réflexion: A Frightening Tale of Evil Spirits Within

Réflexion: A Frightening Tale of Evil Spirits Within

Remember the parable about the woman who heard the sounds of horrible monsters right outside her house and frantically ran around locking all her doors and windows, only to discover that the monsters were really inside the house, specifically inside of her? Well a similar tale is played out in Réflexion, a poetic, funny and absurd animated short film produced by the Parisian group Planktoon in association with Disney animator Yoshimichi Tamura. Réflexion is a tribute to Disney films from 60-to-70 years ago, which is built around the concept of reflection. What happens when one’s inner conflict becomes a version of the Evil Queen mirror? Just watch and find out!!

Réflexion: A Frightening Tale of Evil Spirits Within

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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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Matatoro: The Hermetic World of Bullfighting and Its Public

Matatoro: The Hermetic World of Bullfighting and Its Public

Matatoro is a gorgeous, delightfully weird animated short film directed by Mauro Carraro, Raphaël Calamote, Jérémy Pasquet, students at France’s Supinfocom. The directors describe their work as a reinvention and reinterpretation of the hermetic world of the bullfighting: the fighter, the bull, and the audience. They continue upon the Supinfocom studio’s theme of experimenting with the normally clean features of 3-D and adopting water-color aesthetics, seen in films like the recent Oscar-nominated Madagascar.

Matatoro is marvelously strange; it’s surreal, impressionistic, maybe even psychoanalytic. If a prerequisite of great art is in some sense inscrutability, then this animated short is certainly one of the most artistic of recent French student animations.

Matatoro: The Hermetic World of Bullfighting and Its Public

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