Short Film of the Day: Playing With Light (Mon Ami Le Robot)

Why Watch? Because Life Aquatic is a great inspiration for an animated adventure.

This short features some playful animation, a clever idea, and a clear homage to the work of professional fish hunter named Steve Zissou. It’s got touches of Miyazaki as well, and it’s all handled brilliantly.

A young boy living under the sea watches his robot friend fall asleep, so he heads out into the open ocean to get the light bulbs needed for power from an unlikely source. They run into danger, enjoy the beauty around them, and do it all set to music that sounds strikingly like a certain Mark Mothersbaugh’s score.

Regardless of the close referencing, this film is a smile factory.

What does it cost? Just 4 minute of your time.

Check out Playing With Light for yourself:


Trust us. You have time for more short films.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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