Almost all Pixar films manage to pull your heartstrings and make you sob in one way or the other. Their shorts, SparkShorts has similar formula, but achieve the goal in a shorter time span. Among all of their shorts, my all-time favourite Kitbull hits you in its own unique way.
Kitbull mesmerizes you primarily because of the wonderful storyline that revolves around a pitbull, a kitten and some humans. This short is excellently illustrated like oil pastels on canvas and is lovely to look at. The music that goes along with all the moving moments in this short are serene, but also intensely deliver the emotions that it wants to convey.
There are light moments of blooming friendship between the pitbull and the kitty, which will make you go ‘aww'. At the same time, Kitbull delves into the harsh reality of widely prevalent animal abuse.
Instead of a pessimistic ending, it ends with a high note depicting how trust can be rebuilt through healing and how we as humans can be better. It is definitely a must-watch!
A short with absolutely no dialogue, Bao is able to move you more in its seven minutes than most other films ever will.
Portrayed only through sublime animation that reminds me of Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbours the Yamadas (1999), Bao shows the story of an ageing mother struggling with the idea of her children leaving the nest. She is then given a second chance at motherhood with the unexpected arrival of a new child, with that child naturally being a sentient dumpling.
Certainly a polarising short, Bao is something deeply rooted in Asian culture that a lot of people should have at least tried to take into account, especially when it comes to the ending. Initially, I had a similar reaction to a lot of people, thinking it was a little bizarre but since trying to educate myself about it, I learnt about the real message behind it and why Bao is so important to many people in Asian communities.
Sure, Bao is about a mother who eats her dumpling child, but it is really about the juxtaposition between the Western and Eastern respective expectations to leave home as soon as possible and to stay with their families until marriage.