Friday, January 20, 2012

Fantastic Short Film Friday - The Arctic Circle (animated)

And we are back with another installment in our Fantastic Short Film Friday series, as we continue to showcase films released in the "lesser" known form of cinema- the short film.

It's animation time again and this one is a wonderfully snowy dark tale of simple greed and its consequences. Here is a 3-minute stop motion animated short called, The Arctic Circle from filmmaker, Kevin Parry. The animation style reminds me a lot of the classic Frosty the Snowman film, but with more of a silent film aesthetic to it (I mean it even contains title cards!).

Basically an Arctic inhabitant is fascinated by the sudden appearance of a mysterious box with the power to provide more fruit then he already has. As he keeps pursuing the box, pursuing more for himself, let's just say, this is a cautionary tale on the trouble with excess and basic ideas on capitalism.

This short is right out of the mind of Tim Burton with the both the philosophy and feel of the artist. To think this was made as a graduation art project is even more astounding. I'm always impressed with animated shorts that lean more towards the dark side. This short and its characters would feel right at home in a Twilight Zone episode. It's just creepy, eerie and wonderfully executed.

Check this out if you want to see some wonderful stop motion animation, the type of animation that's sadly becoming more and more a dying art. Check this out if you enjoy thoughtful works that anyone who has ever lived wanted more then they already have can relate to. Enjoy this weeks dose of short form goodness in, The Arctic Circle.

The Arctic Circle from Kevin Parry on Vimeo.

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