Heavenly Calm: Water and Color

Heavenly Calm: Water and Color

Water and Color is a beautiful, calming four-minute CG animated short film by Iranian filmmaker Hassan Rezakhani.  Computer graphics animation was born abstract, with photo realism coming later.  This film provides a wonderful example of abstract animation, where the distinctions between microcosm and macrocosm are blurred, or completely disappear.  The stunning images in this short film could be galaxies colliding, or gametes fusing together or fantasies overlapping.  Whatever they depict, they’re engagingly peaceful.

Heavenly Calm: Water and Color

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Yellow Cake: A Modern Parable of Terrorism and Devastating War

Yellow Cake: A Modern Parable of Terrorism and Devastating War

Yellow Cake is a short animated film by the award-winning Canadian animator Nick Cross.  Cross explains that he got the idea for the film in 2003, in light of speculation during the Bush administration that Iraq was buying uranium powder called “Yellow Cake.”  Yellow Cake Uranium was one of the Weapons of Mass Destruction that Iraq allegedly possessed.  Cross’s fantastic animated epic becomes a modern parable of terrorism and catastrophic war, a lamentable tragedy featuring geopolitical bullying, social unrest and worker revolt. In the end, as with most revolutions, the revolt is both crushed by foreign intervention and corrupted from the inside until it becomes as evil as the regime the workers had originally fought.

Yellow Cake initially lures the viewer into a tale of pleasant mirth, filled with adorable blue creatures who spend all day baking and then eating their own  exquisitely delicious yellow cakes.  However, by the end of the film the small town of happy little bakers has been driven to terrorism by the greed of their leader and cake-hungry fat cats, resulting in the town’s ultimate catastrophic destruction.  It seems that no matter what they do, the oppressed have no hope left.

Yellow Cake: A Modern Parable of Terrorism and Devastating War

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