Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is. - Oscar Wilde
Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things
A short film about discovering the things that make life worth living. A pigeon meets a dove and faces the decision on whether or not to leave the life he has built for himself in favor of following his heart.
The bird models are great! What more can I say? A classic pigeon-meets-dove, pigeon-loses-dove, pigeon-finds-dove love story played by characters that make me giggle. (yes, giggle. i’m not too proud to admit it)
Created by Jake Wegesin, music by Jordan Ruiz
Anyone who’s read this blog for a while knows I’m a big fan of Heavy Metal magazine and love animation that reminds me of the illustration and story-telling style of the mag.
And if there has ever been a television show that ticks all of my boxes, Love, Death, and Robots is it. Different stories throughout the series, different animation styles, all steeped in heavy science fiction. The episodes themselves span the gamut in story – from love to war, and animation style – from simple cartoonish to hyper-realistic.
When I first came across the series I watched three of them before I could stop myself. It took great self-control to spread the balance of the season over the next week and a half. At 10 to 18 minutes each, it’s far too easy to munch right through the whole season in one sitting.
This show has several strengths, not the least of which is that each episode is animated by different teams from around the world giving each short film a ‘fresh’ feeling all the way through the series.
In addition, most episodes are based on stories by some of the premier sci-fi authors of our time, including John Scalzi (Old Man’s War series), Peter F Hamilton (The Commonwealth Saga), Alastair Reynolds (Revelation Space), Ken Lui (The Dandelion Dynasty), Joe Lansdale (many books, movies, tv shows, including Batman and Bubba Ho-Tep), Marko Kloos (Frontlines series), Michael Swanwick (various science fiction short stories and non-fiction) and more! I have most of these folks’ books in one form or another.
Most of the script adaptations were done by Philip Gelatt. He’s written or directed several movies such as the Europa Report and The Bleeding House.
I think the iconography deserves a particular mention. I saw early on how the icons in the opener describes the title; a heart (love), an ‘X’ (death), and a square-headed face (robots). What took me a few episodes to realize is the the icons right before the episode’s title gives an idea of the theme of that episode. For instance, the episode Good Hunting’s icons are a heart (love), a gear (robot/machine), and a fox (uh, a fox) which are alluded to as the film progresses.
I can’t imagine Netflix not putting together a second season, (though stranger things have happened) but the wait, while it may not kill me, will at least cause me great distress.
This sweet little film looks past the lust and ardor that is supposed to be love and into a little world of true devotion.
Last April Aunt Bee and I celebrated our 20th anniversary and I hope that when we get to whatever place these two folks are at that there will be this much romance in our lives.
By Ore Peleg