Monday, May 09, 2005

The Most Beautiful Short Animation Film Ever...

... must be "Overtime". I watched that on TV last weekend, in TV3's "Wonderscreen" and was simpy amazed. If you are a bit blue though, get a box of tissues because you will definitely have the tears flowing.

Basically, "Overtime" is a tribute to the Muppet Show creator, Jim Henson (1936-1990), and is a wonderful black and white, 3D animated short film of more or less 4 minutes. The music is very beautiful, and the story is simple, and very touching.

The film shows how a pupeteer, who creates kermit-like cute rag dolls, is found dead on his bed by his little creatures. It seems they quite do not understand (or do not accept) what has happened to their Master. Nonetheless they strive to keep living "as normal" and try to cheer up their creator, as they would normally do while he was alive: playing, cooking, eating, and having fun together. Until they finally realise that he will not wake up anymore.

The film has been created and executed by Oury Atlan, Thibaut Berland and Damien FerriƩ as a graduation project, from what I could find in the web. It also seems it has received several prizes in competitions all over the world. Very well deserved, I just hope they will release a DVD one day!

Oury Atlan's website is noteworthy, and you can see some of his work (and CV) there:

Directed, Written, Animated, Filmed & Edited by: Oury Atlan/Thibaut Berland/Damien FerriƩ
Music: Sielberman Ochestra/Ornadel and the Starlight Symphony
Producer: Supinfocom


  1. I know it's strange to comment on such an old post--and maybe strange since I'm a stranger (hmm...), but I am really inspired to find this film. It looks like something I'd fall for!

  2. Anonymous12:11 AM

    Just had to say i loved this film,saw it on wonderscreen an have been looking for it since,thanks for helping find it.Love your taste in short cinema