Jan 24, 2014

The Story Of Francis

The animated story of Francis came from the famed radio show called 'This American Life,' which focuses on journalism, essays, short fiction and other memoirs.  This particular tale came about when the host of the show, Ira Glass asked 6 American writers to create a short story centered around the theme of adventure. One of these stories was written by novelist & screenwriter Dave Eggars, which in turn was read on the show to much acclaim and praise.

Director Richard Hickey decided to adapt this tale into an animated short alongside producer Kevin Batten, tapping the talent of 40 different artists to work on bringing this heartwarming tale to life. Francis has been shown at festivals including Cannes and Rain dance. While I wish the narrator had a little bit more range of emotion, the story is solid and the visual quality is excellent. Loved it.

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