Jun 27, 2013

The Boy And The Monster

Created as a graduation film by Russian animator Julia Zhuravleva, The Boy And The Monster tells the story of a boy encountering a strange creature and realizing that despite their physical differences, a common passion ties them together. Partially inspired by Jim Henson's The Muppets with some fun background nods to characters like the Cookie Monster, the short retains a distinctly European flavor thematically with it's more soccer focused plot.

Executed in a pastel-like aesthetic, the short had some truly understated animation throughout instead of opting for pomp, a welcome contrast from the typical shorts we post. Uplifting and innocent, if you're looking to watch a colorful short about friendship today, look no further. Check out more production art from the making of Zhuravleva's short right after the break.

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