There is more emotional, thought provoking dialogue in The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse (2022) than in some of the Oscar nominated feature length films this year. It is crazy. I looked at my fiancée on multiple occasions and just said “well that is fucking deep.”
I am going to say “Being honest is always interesting” for the rest of my life. Or then there is The Mole saying “One of our greatest freedoms is how we react to things.” or The Boy stating that when he wants to grow up, he just wants to be “Kind.”
Fuck man, this movie is like a therapy session.
The animation in The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse is also very pretty. It is simple and the intentionally left pencil rough draft sketch marks are a great touch. I am not sure what the reason for this animation style was, but it is easy on the eyes and it allows you more to focus on the words.
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse is a spiritual sibling of the best of Christopher Robin and Winnie The Pooh.
The Flying Sailor (2022) is based off of a true story that took place in 1917 when two shirts collided in the Halifax Harbour. It was the largest accidental explosion history, yet among the death and destruction was a sailor man who blasted into the air and somehow survived despite flying for a reported two kilometers.
It is crazy that it is based on a true story.
However, the remarkable true nature story of it can not raise it too levels I would personally deem Oscar worthy. The Flying Sailor starts out like a Looney Tune animation with funny clips of TNT, then blows up into a metaphorical journey about a man’s existential crisis while floating between life and death. When The Flying Sailor is operating in its fast and disorienting style, it is very enticing. However, the slow bits did not keep my attention.
Also, this is not the first time we are going to be talking about dicks in this blog post. The Flying Sailor himself is baring it all.
Ice Merchants (2022) is beautiful and heartbreaking. No dialogue at all, but every emotion shared by the father and son duo can melt your heart. The story is very simple; these two pack ice from their precariously stationed house. Every day they parachute down to the town and deliver the ice to the paying customers. It is a way to make a living, but that all changes when the temperature starts to rise.
Ice Merchants can be a story about family, work, global warming or whatever you want. Regardless of how you take meaning from the story, one can appreciate the beauty of it. The animation style if beautiful to watch, and some of the transitions with the shadows and motions of the ice merchants are inventive and eye-popping.
Also in the process of watching all the Animated Short Film nominees, this is the second one in a row I have seen that involves a lot of floating, sailing or falling from high places. Is this a theme, or coincidence.
What an absolute treat My Year Of Dicks is! I say that knowing full well how insane that is to type out. This short animated biography directed Sara Gunnarsdóttir and written by Pamela Ribon is about a young women trying to lose her virginity. She is searching for the “the one”, but her personal quest takes all the awkward and heartbreaking turns one could expect.
I loved the way this story was written. Ribon is an experienced writer in Hollywood with credits on Moana (2016), Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) and Ralph Breaks The Internet (2018). Those are all meant for kids. This short here is meant for adults, and in particular young adults who have no idea what to do in the world. The overdramatic way Ribon writes the characters internal struggles are reminscent of myself when I would (and still do) concoct stories in my own head. Using the most colorful vocabulary, the most dramatic of scenarios and the darkest of timelines to chauffeur your journey across your own psyche.
Let’s also just acknowledge the great title. She has a year of trying to get dick, but also dates a bunch of dicks. Classic.
Oh, and the way she describes the first time touching a penis had me both laughing and feel so sorry for her.
This is really odd watch. It is arguably the most unique watch of the nominated Animated Short films. This is claymation meets The Matrix (1999) meets The Lego Movie (2014). Are we living in a simulation? Maybe. Is an ostrich telling us that what we are experiencing is nothing more than a dream? Maybe. It is all possible.
The best part about An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It(2022) is that I can promise you it is not something you have ever seen before. You will be confused when you first start watching it. You will double check you aren’t watching a director’s cut or some behind-the-scenes discovery. It is exactly what it is meant to be.
Also the hand really just reminded me of The Claw from Toy Story (1995), but it is the movie’s opposite. The green aliens all identical want to be picked and set into a world they don’t know, but this main character is running away from the hand and now it is just going to continue picking from the duplicates.
My Year Of Dicks
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, And The Horse
An Ostrich Told Me The World Is Fake And I Think I Believe It
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