Film Review: OUR WONDERFUL NATURE, Germany, Animation

Like staring at a big bowl of candy, this film offers joy, delight and enthusiasm. OUR WONDERFUL NATURE is a three minute German animation in a mock-documentary style about the ravenous and foolhardy cameleon.

Brimming with physical comedy, polished images and laugh-out-loud moments, OUR WONDERFUL NATURE is packed with lush humour and frame-by-frame comedy. A film to engage and delight every viewer, this piece is like eating a huge slice of cake! Thankfully for the viewer, our eyes aren’t going to be too big for our stomach- the same can’t be said for our dear Chameleon.

Review by Kierston Drier

PLAYED at the January 2018 EUROPEAN Film Festival.

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OUR WONDERFUL NATURE, 3min., Germany, Animation
Directed by Tomer EshedThe feeding habits of the common cameleon as never seen before.

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Film Review: THE WAVES, UK, Animation

A bright and unique animation, this four minute UK film brought to us by director Oscar Lewis tells a deeply moving story. An artist retells his childhood memories through simple and vibrants animations- softened and slightly surreal, the way distant memories often feel. Poetic and interpretive in nature, the film appeals to a love of high contrast. On one hand, the bright, youthful images dance carefree in the minds of the viewers- on the other hand, the adult recounting these memories seems to hint at a darkness that lurks within him- sometime after these early memories, sometime before his current point.

Laced with occasionally ominous undertones, but still managing to captures the purity and innocence of youth THE WAVES is a love letter to childhood. It is a short film that carefully wraps up memory and tucks it safely away from the harsh realities of adulthood. A deep and compelling animated film.

Review by Kierston Drier

PLAYED at the January 2018 EUROPEAN Film Festival.

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THE WAVES, 4min., UK, Animation
Directed by Oscar LewisAn artist returns to his work after suffering a mental breakdown.

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Film Review: BARRY THE BLOBFISH (USA, Animation)

  This two minute short is a delight for young and old alike. BARRY THE BLOBFISH, an American film directed by Marleia A Alfaro is simple and effective, delivering its’ story with heart and ease.

Barry, our melancholic blobfish at the bottom of the shallow sea floor can’t get to the top reef no matter what he does. Depressed that he can’t get to his friends, he begins to cry- but then his friends come to him.

A simple and sweet story with a strong message for any one- we are always better when we work together.

Short Film played at the ANIMATION FEEDBACK Film Festival in December 2017

Review by Kierston Drier

BARRY THE BLOBFISH, 2min., USA, Animation
Directed by Marleia A. AlfaroBarry is a fat ugly fish that can’t swim and lives at the bottom of the ocean. He longs to live on a beautiful coral reef at the top of a tall, tall cliff.

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Film Review: CHRYSALIS (Singapore, Animation)

A truly inspiring work of animation, this visual masterpiece of a short comes to life in gripping detail with its use of the visual media. Dancing off the screen stream-of-consciousness style images, it retells an ancient fable of a butterfly- when assisted out of its’ cocoon it never develops properly and it hindered its’ whole life. It explores the greater concept of our struggles making us stronger.

While the strong story is enough to make film enjoyable- what is truly excellent about it are the images. They move within the story with the intensity of a roller coaster.

A vibrant and startling piece to engage with. CHRYSALIS is a spellbinding short film- it encapsulates all the things we want to see in shorts- beautiful story, meaningful messages and utterly beautiful images.

Short Film played at the ANIMATION FEEDBACK Film Festival in December 2017

Review by Kierston Drier

CHRYSALIS, 7min., Singapore, Animation 
Directed by Ina ConradiBased on an old legend about the butterfly’s struggles the film is the symbolic metaphor of rebirth after death and fascination with the human innate drive to survive.

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