La Detente – a short animation

 

In a Baz Luhrmann typical story, the opening always commences with a happy-go-merry atmosphere. Couples in love, people around infatuated enough to give support, and life seems as though things were destined to be -needless to say – ‘happier and merrier’ each day. Then things start to not work out well. And it ends with either tragedy, or devastation.

Okay, Baz Luhrmann is an overstatement, or even an imprecise comparison, but looking at this award-winning short film by Pierre Ducos and Francois Bey, which has been well-prepared for over 4 years, and released on the centenary commemoration of World War I, this is surely going beyond the way of that Australian filmmaker, and of course, with more intensity.

It all starts with ‘imagine’. When the world is on its nadir, and desperation looms elsewhere, particularly amid a battlefield, a soldier, whoever he or she is, will eventually find his or her own inner child again. Imagine, a world where humans don’t need to fight a bloody, merciless war. Imagine, a world where only plastic toys go to war, and humans look at the amusement of this scene. Imagine, a world where plastic toys fight not with sharp objects, but with candies and lollipops. It all comes with ‘imagine’, and when reality penetrates like a shockwave, it’s ready to haunt you for a lifetime.

It’s both entertaining (well, plastic toy animation shooting lollipops and candies, isn’t that funny?), but also scary in the end (spoiler alert: some ‘graphic’ sceneries, intense music, and violence).

Watch the short till the end to know the answer

 

Just some hints, so you know: it’s set in a some sort of advanced world, inhabited by millions of potato-like nose-less creatures stacked like salmon cans, and the world keeps expanding. Things seem to be fine, with daily, mundane activities going over and over, until one day, a bluish ‘meteor’ strikes their world, and things start going wrong. A ‘potato-like creature’, case zero, holding that bluish stuff which turns out to be slime-like, starts to disintegrate, and the germs it carry begin spreading beyond control to its entire populace. As more and more these blue slimes invade their world, a prospect of apocalypse becomes seemingly inevitable, and everything reaches its critical, boiling point in leaps and bounds.

But I won’t tell you what it actually is all about until you watch the end of this video (which is set in Channel 4).

Either Roland Emmerich or Michael Bay should learn more from this video, I suppose.

 

Enjoy!

How to watch Jaws in just one minute

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Everyone watching this old, classic Steven Spielberg-ish flick will of course remember the ‘savagery’ presented by this shark, but now with the advent of technology – always, always say thank you to technology, any movie plots that normally last for two hours can now be condensed into one minute (or if you want to, only 30 seconds!).

And here are these three videos, the first made by a UCLA animation student, the second by 1A4 studio, and the last one featuring bunnies. No censors are necessary.

 

 

 

“Left”, by Eamonn O’Neill

 

A brilliant Irish animation about friendship, conflict, teenage life, and different paths of life that eventually separate lives that were one close – with one going upwards, and the other spiraling downwards.

Hope this short film bring us to reflect back our lives, and how unexpected occurrences can alter the direction of each of our lives forever.