Shorts for Shorties: Tell Us a Story!
The rest of this program, on the other hand, won't appeal to most children, skewing either inappropriate or bizarre, leaving even discerning adults raising an eyebrow in bewilderment.
9 Things I Saw Last Wednesday briefly flies over random quotidian observations, while Marvin tells the story of a young boy born with a hole in his head. Rather than dote on the plight of being different, this latter short expands upon the importance of going flat-out crazy every once in a while, which is a wonderful message to send out.
Jillian Dillon uses stop-motion paper cut-outs to animate a maladroit folk song about a hippo/platypus girl that preaches, "loving who you are." And as perplexing as this woefully misguided short is, it's at least more engaging than Orange City, which has that creepy, patronizing narration where an adult attempts to do a baby voice. I actually felt a little dirty after enduring this one.
Going the route of international appeal by having no actual dialogue to limit its audience, Lokomoschine tells a slow and unremarkable story of two scientists that invent a special machine that brings books to life. It's about on par with the decently animated DreamGiver, wherein a child is given, you know, dreams.
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ReviewsOct 19, 2014
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ReviewsOct 18, 2014
ABCs of Death 2Various Directors
When producers Ant Timpson and Tim League announced that they'd be producing a followup to 2012's highly ambitious anthology film The ABCs o...