A young girl is standing outside a store, using her mobile phone, when a strange force wrenches that phone from her hands and drops it onto the ground. When she goes to pick up her phone she finds that a fantastically strange creature has picked it up first - and eats it. She's furious - until it eats her too! Apparently, being eaten throws her into a bizarre and disorienting reality full of shifting shapes and colors... and all she wants is her phone back!
Nonoko is a little girl who is about to go to sleep, until she spots a spirit, who has longed for Nonoko to notice him, in the shadows beyond her open door. Nonoko follows this spirit into a beautiful dreamy world filled with many colors. Flying through the air she encounters many different things from birds, to flowers, to a couple of odd looking fish, in a world that she must somehow revive all by herself.
In both of these short works a young girl is sucked into a bizarre, surreal and abstract world which never loses its sense of innocent charm and adventure.
Two very positive shorts about a girl travelling to a different, colourful world. Both are bizarrely yet beautifully animated and accompanied with some very nice music. If you liked the one, you should definitely check the other.
Seven stories are told in seven very different ways. In a Dahli-esque Serengeti, a tale of a hunter and hunted unfolds. A young boy finds a useful device and is sucked into a futuristic battle. A slow-paced train ride takes two delinquent school children for a ride to the beach and down memory lane. And a baby travels through his dreams because of the ‘Happy Machine’ – amongst other tales.
An old man who is the headmaster of a primary school bordering the ocean paints a picture of a whale, an animal he had seen so often off the coast when he was a boy and now sees all too seldom. He reminisces about his youth, when he simply considered whales a source of food, though he vividly remembers a time when a whale was speared by a whaling ship. He knew of no other way to treat whales then. But that day he sees the first whale he has done in a long time - and it is beached against the rocks. He races out of the school to come to the whale's aid...
Both of these shorts are basically advertisements - but they are also really expertly made shorts by very talented people. While they both have a market agenda - Man and Whale's admittedly being something of a moral appeal - each may impress you with just how well they are realised.
Odd shorts made for advertisement.
Superflat was made for Louis Vutton (luggage handbags) and is an unworldly short of a girl entering a magical world.
Nandarou is a green pig, who eats the letters to the NTV (nippon TV Network) symbol or will snort out mini green pigs, occasional birds and other animals and is tied with studio Ghibli. The pig is sort of the mascot of NTV.
In the future, all facets of society are tied into OZ, a virtual world inhabited by millions of users. Kenji, one of OZ’s moderators, was set to begin another typical summer when the lovely Natsuki asked him to accompany her to her hometown as a job. However, little did Kenji know that the 'job' entailed pretending to be Natsuki’s fiancé in front of her eccentric family! Now on display and feeling like a fish out of water, Kenji tries his best to fit in with Natsuki and her relatives, until one day he receives a mysterious math problem through a text message. As an avid math fanatic Kenji can’t help but try to solve it, unaware that his actions may jeopardize not only OZ, but also the entire world...
In both the anime short Superflat Monogram and the film Summer Wars, a girl finds herself slipping into a brightly coloured fantasy world which is explicitly 'Superflat' in design. Both animes are by Mamoru Hosoda and one can see a clear visual connection between either title - if you liked the spectacle of one, check the other out.