Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Voyager







Today's short film is called Voyager.

This is a Stop-Motion short film from SUPAMONKS STUDIO. They're French, something I have come to be able to identify when watching short films, and here's what they have to say about themselves: We are an animation studio based in the Paris Area. Formed in 2007, our varied and rapidly expanding portfolio includes animated commercials, short films and work for the gaming industry. Above all we love beautiful images and telling stories. Always committed to improving what we do, we aim to deliver industry-leading products that our clients are happy with. 

They seem nice. And it looks like they're putting out good looking work too. I will say that I'm a little leery of this one. French animation, especially of the short film variety, tends to focus on the aesthetics, rather than the narrative, and the stylized look of the stop-motion makes me think that's what we're going to end up getting here.

Not that that's a bad thing necessarily, I'm just more of a narrative guy.

Here's the synopsis: Sent in 1977, the Voyager Golden Record was intended to introduce Humanity to possible beings in outer space. But centuries later, Voyager is back on Earth...

Let's watch...



The Stop-Motion in this film looks amazing. It really looked great.

But... ah, big surprise, but... what the fuck was going on here? A young cyborg girl in a dead city, a city that she may be the only inhabitant of, who seems to spend most of her day either looking for food and keeping the power grid running. At least, she did, until the day the Voyager probe crash/lands in the middle of the city, apparently unharmed, and then some old music and images off of its famous Gold Record in order to... inspire her to... remove her cyborg parts? Maybe? But she still had a leg underneath the cyborg leg? And then she left the dead city for the country? Or was it a metaphor? Did the beauty of the old, lost world drive her to let herself power down and thus, die? Is she leaving the city for the country, or heaven?

Is it deep? Is it simple? Or is it just half-baked?

It's hard to tell, because it gets a little muddled and vague at the end, and the fact that it never really shows us what really happens with the cyborg leg is a really odd Directorial decision. I mean,  that's your climax, right? Maybe? I'm not sure, because I couldn't tell what was going on, or why the red light blinking off turned out to do nothing to her.

But, like I suspected above, maybe the point of the project is just the technique, and the beauty of it. Maybe there's a simpler metaphor of... leaving behind the demands of modern life for the simplicity of nature...? I don't know. Maybe all of that is true, AND it's also half-baked. In the end, while I appreciate the artistry and skill needed to create something like this, these types of short films are a bit like hallmark cards for me, there's a nice sentiment, but very little  in the way of content.

Enjoyable, but half-baked.

Jon

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