Friday, 19 April 2013

Little Witch Academia

No sooner than I question whether or not mankind will ever even desire to rise out from the swamp we've placed ourselves in, the animation studio Trigger posts its' short film: "Little Witch Academia".

There is nothing I don't like about this. There isn't a single frame of animation that isn't dripping with charm. It's boisterous and stylish and pretty, but it never veers too far off-course, or too far in one direction. It is never deathly-serious, nor sickly-sweet. There isn't a single sexy fanservicey character. There's excitement and humour and warmth. Characters learn from their mistakes here without feeling like it's trying to cram a message down my throat.

It works. In half an hour, it has more entertainment value than some major hollywood productions(especially our limping excuse for an animation industry right now).

Go watch it. Clear 30 minutes from your day and check it out. Share it with your friends. Every animated feature, even the terrible bargain bin knockoffs are the result of months, sometimes years of hard work. This is one of the few pieces of animation I've seen where you can see the care and devotion in every second. It's not often I get the feeling a company had as much fun creating something as I did watching it.



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