A lot is said about how hard it is for the “little man” to live in a world that’s controlled by bigger forces making decisions above one’s head. We all know what it feels like to have other people stepping over us and what it’s like to feel small with everything that’s going on around us. Playful Dutch animation Life is Beautiful takes these metaphorical images literally, telling the story of Anton, a man who has grown frustrated at how he’s always been the smallest person among his peers.
2D animation, Animated traditionally and digitally in Photoshop cs5, Composited in Adobe AfterEffects cs5 The featured music is by Noisia & Black Sun Empire and available through Beatport and recordstores worldwide. by Super Silo.
Pixar’s fourteenth feature film is preceded on screens by The Blue Umbrella, a short subject so wonderful that cinemas should charge separate admission. No one will blame you if you hide under your seat until the next showing.
You have not seen photorealism in animation until you’ve seen this short. This level of visual detail has never been achieved before. Pair it with a simple romance, classy music, and perfect stereoscopic 3-D, and you have a winner. Director Saschka Unseld, who hails from Pixar’s camera and staging department, should be making every visual call at the studio from now on.
If you love Red’s Dream as much as I do, The Blue Umbrella will instantly be among your favourite Pixar shorts. The Academy should love it as well, although Disney’s win for Paperman last year might unfortunately hurt it’s chances, just because the concepts are so darn similar in terms of story.
The Answer is a short film about a man trying to get rid off his half-shaved beard after his shaver broke during his preparation for an upcoming date. After trying everything he could think of, the solution appears to him after reading a mysterious book called The Answer.