Animated films with animals as main characters are popular in every age group. Not infrequently, however, they are caught between exaggerated humanization of the animal world and simplification of the human image. A complex reality is reduced to a narrative of instincts, in order to serve or spread simple ideologies. An infantile view of the animal kingdom and complex social relationships are the consequences. In short film, all this can and is viewed in a much more differentiated way. This selection from our distribution catalogue attempts a broad representation.
Lars Damoiseaux / Frederik Palmaers // Netherlands // 2012 // 02:11 min
A praying mantis is eaten by a frog. The frog is eaten by a stork that is in turn eaten by a crocodile. The crocodile ends as a pair of boots and the wearer of the boots is killed in an accident when he takes a motor ride and a praying mantis flies in his face. A small story with a lot of fatal endings.
Marlies van der Wel // Netherlands // 2016 // 02:20 min
Animation, Live Action
When SABAKU's best friend Buffalo passes away, he needs to find himself a new friend. He tries connecting with different species, but soon finds out that isn't as easy as it seems. SABAKU is in for a bumpy ride, but he won't rest until he succeeds.
Milan Baulard / Quentin Nory / Laurie Estampes / Flore Dupont / Ismaïl Berrahma / Hugo Potin // France // 2019 // 06:47 min
The nearing winter covers a lake with a thick layer of ice, cutting off a Heron from its only food source. Now the bird needs to improvise. In order to recreate the atmosphere of the ice landscape, "Duvnjak & Franqué" work their way deep into it with a piano and four hands.