7 Shortest Animated Films to Watch During a Lunch Break
No matter how old I get, I’ll always love a good animation. A Pixar film never disappoints and I strongly believe they cater to adults just as much as they target kids (because I haven’t met a single adult who hasn’t loved their films). But Pixar doesn’t monopolize epicness (is that a word? I’ll go with it, anyway).
I’m always on the lookout for a good short film on the web because with technology, talent has been surfacing like never before. I mostly hang out on YouTube for this purpose. And after watching about a hundred short films over the months, here are a few that I thought excelled in every possible way.
A man dies and lives the same life again and again until he figures out a way to save himself. Does he succeed?
Message: Pause. Breathe. Be mindful. Be aware. And just live life because it’s a gift, not because you have to conquer it or excel in it.
This film speaks in colours and it’s so smartly done, I almost teared up. It explores the relationship between a father and his little son against a black-and-white society, where real joy is expressed in colours.
Message: Don’t let your colours fade away.
Also, that little boy and his U-smile is the cutest thing ever.
3. Rat Race
Millions of rats chasing happiness. Only, they are us. (This gives a similar message as Alike, but handles it in a very different way.)
Message: There is no end to the chase. No finish line.
4. The Present
A video-game addict boy gets a handicapped dog as a gift from his mother and he hates it.
Message: It’s not about how your life is. It’s about how you look at it.
5. In a heartbeat
It’s an endearing story where a heart of a man literally chases another man all around, getting trampled and broken in the process. It was nice to see a gay love story blossom on screen, if only in animated form. (Shout out to two people I absolutely love, Jim Parsons and Ellen Degeneres)
Message: Well, the heart wants what it wants.
With no dialogues, this film follows the life of a girl from adolescence to adulthood. The ending comes as a surprise. Poignant, touching and artistic, it would have got a perfect score from me if it wasn’t for the annoying background music. I loved the story, nonetheless. This was relatable on many levels.
Message: Sometimes we get caught up in life so much that we don’t even realise just how quickly it passes us by.
7. Sanjay’s Super Team
A boy forced to pray to Hindu deities imagines them as super heroes like the ones he sees on TV. An adventure ensues.
Message: Encourage imagination in kids and see them soak in the culture and make it their own. (Besides, if you think about it, our deities are super heroes too.)
A girl gravitates towards a nice little toy store and realises that it is different from any she’s seen before. If you enjoy a creepy story, this one’s for you.