Summa Shorts: “Lambert the Sheepish Lion”

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Since I’ve had repetitive music on my mind of late, I decided to dip back into my childhood to pull out one of the most instantly-recognizable motifs I’ve ever had floating around in my head: The opening 7 notes of Disney’s 1952 classic, Lambert the Sheepish Lion. A couple of seconds is all it takes, though, so be careful. [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “The Light and the Little Girl”

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Great cinematography is all about the capturing of light. In addition to showcasing a really masterful “technical” example of light capturing, however, today’s short  – Guy Pooles’ and  Jih-E Peng’ “The Light and the Little Girl” – features the capturing and preservation of light in a much more literal sense: A young girl finds herself entranced by a beam [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Living Like Kings”

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You know those times when you find yourself watching something really unusual and fascinating, and when it’s done, all you can do is wish that it had been longer? Well, that’s exactly how I reacted to this mini-doc, which probably would have felt too short at three (or 20) times the length: Having visited Christchurch a year [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Technological Threat”

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Today’s Avery homage, Technological Threat, might sting a little, especially for you office folks. Just rub some dirt on it and keeping going. Productivity is paramount! An office clerk, fearing replacement by a robot, fights back. [Read more...]

Summa Shorts: “Second Wind”

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A wonderfully-crafted little short that reminds me (visually and melodically, at least) of my beloved Secret of Kells: This spiritual journey of two friends becomes a story about life and death whose refreshing aesthetic consists of paper/pencil cell animation. I’m not sure I grasp the details of the story — the alien windmill threw me off [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Fishing at Lethe”

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Today’s short, Derek Fong’s Fishing at Lethe, reminds me a great deal of Barbara Bakos’ Lady with Long Hair, which I mentioned a few months back. And not just because they both focus on fishing and/or elderly ladies coming to terms with their pasts. It’s the whole “recalling lost memories” bit that really gets to me, though the reasons behind [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Malaria”

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This is the sort of thing that’s referred to as “mixed-media,” right? (And also as “Awesome.” To say nothing of “Ridiculously Imaginative.” Or “Best Simulation of Comic Book Sensibilities I’ve Seen Captured on Film to Date.” Which all apply, as well.) MALARIA tells the story of Fabiano, a young Mercenary who is hired to kill Death. This short film [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Buy Buy Baby”

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I love the “old-timey” feel in this week’s short, Buy Buy Baby, which starts in the first few frames of the title and carries through all the way to the end credits. Even the length reminds me of those thrilling days (or Saturday mornings) of yesteryear. I was practically raised on this sort of thing. Great stuff. [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Alfie and the Prometheus Dream”

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From the “Susanka’s Dark, Sci-Fi Tendencies” file, through which I inevitably flip from time to time, a stop-motion steam-punk piece on the inescapably human tendency to reach for the seemingly unattainable. Promethean? Or Icarian? Or are they not one and the same? (Also, for poetical illiterati like myself, William Ernest Henley’s “Invictus” is the poem [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Mickey’s Trailer”

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Having just completed our mostly-annual family “vacation” with roughly the same number of boys we had when we departed a couple of weeks ago, I’m putting this one firmly in the “Success” column. (Low bar, perhaps? Yeah, but an important one.) Besides, I now know that Nathan (Son Number Seven) is a huge, HUGE fan [Read More...]


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