Shorts for Shorties: All Creatures Great and Small

Shorts for Shorties: All Creatures Great and Small
Don't be fooled. Even though the title of this program suggests an abundance of animated delights for the kiddies, there's only one short film included that would appeal to anyone under the age of 20. As for the rest, it's hard to say whether anyone will find much appeal.

To start, On Your Branch features some birds crapping and spitting musical notes at each other, which is, you know, about as good as scatological-inclined animation gets, much like Mobile, wherein the animals on a mobile get tangled up while bopping around.

Slightly more accessible are the two Brent Dawes' shorts from his Jungle Beat series, This Little Light of Mine and Blowin' in the Wind, wherein a firefly and an ant struggle through their daily grind. To be candid, there's something exceedingly unsettling about the cold computer animation and movements, which compromise the intended effect.

Pink Nanuq takes a lost polar bear on a surrealist journey of forced assimilation, wherein he's painted and bonds with a penguin. If your kid drops acid, they'll love this one. They probably won't love Reulf as much, seeing as it's a bunch of animated subway blocks that run around a city painting it. And that's all that happens.

Amazonia, which is set to Beethoven's "Symphony No. 8" (every kid's favourite), details the plights of a tree frog in the Amazon Rainforest. Cartoon animals eat each other. It's pretty messed up.

Fortunately, The Gruffalo wraps up this collection of shorts, retelling the famous classic picture book in literal fashion, with Helena Bonham Carter and John Hurt doing the voices. As far as repetitive parables about lying go, this is the cat's meow.