I’m a big fan of live action shorts, but I’ll readily admit that I have a tendency to lean toward the animated variety. I love Pixar, not only for the incredible animation, but for the writing that gives their films so much heart. A really strong animated short can give you that in perfect doses. Full-length is great, but I truly believe it takes some incredible skill to lend fifteen minutes or less of film enough heart and gravity to make the viewer want to watch again and share what they found with all of their friends.
Today, I’m sharing one such video with all of you.
Gary is a fella that feels he has everything he needs in his place of residence. He can pursue artistics interest, play with his fish, tend to his garden, and it’s flying candy season. He’s happy, secure, and warm — so long as he never exits the door into the outside world.
I’ll leave it there as not to give much away. You would think there isn’t much to ruin in a film clocking in at a little over seven minutes, but in this case in particular — you’d be very wrong.
For as cute as Get Out can get, I appreciate that there is some very dark imagery scattered throughout. There is a level of depth that I’d say is unexpected when you find out that this film came from four students at ESMA, an animation school in Montpelier, France. This wasn’t simply an exercise in putting together a beautifully polished visual presentation — it was the whole package. You like Gary, you feel for him — and you almost wonder why they don’t simply let him be until the story reveals itself fully.
Excellent. These are the animators and storytellers I want to see released into the world of feature-length animated films.
That’ll do it for Sunday Shorts this fine…er…Sunday. Catch us next weekend with more short film brilliance here at Film School Rejects.
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