The big event of today (and arguably of the festival) was the world premiere of the unseen Mickey Mouse short Get A Horse. Disney sure had some fun with the marketing on this one. I’m not sure how much I can say about the movie. It is rumoured to be showing before Frozen later this year and I really don’t want to spoil it for anyone. What I will say is that the Disney team have done a phenomenal job of merging old and new animation techniques into something that will surprise everyone.
I didn’t get a chance to see any of the competition shorts today, but I did see a selection that were showing out of competition. There were a couple of films worth mentioning. Hollow Land by Michelle and Uri Kranot from Denmark isn’t the style of animation I would usually warm to. It tells the story of Solomon and Berta, two very strange looking characters who travel to Utopia with a bathtub in tow, only to find that things aren’t quite as they imagined. I really enjoyed the film. It was both funny and moving. A rare combination when compared with the films I have seen at Annecy so far.
Another stand out film was Butterflies, by Isabel Peppard from Australia. Again, this isn’t a style of animation that would usually appeal to me. But the story of a young artist struggling to follow her dreams and keep her imagination alive really hit home. It is a story any artist can relate to, so naturally it was very well received by the audience.
I also found the commissioned films screening thoroughly entertaining. There was too much good stuff to mention but I really liked the music video for Two Fingers – Vengeance Rhythm (although judging by the reaction in theatre I was in the minority…maybe it’s just my warped mind?!). It features a teddy bear who goes on a violent killing spree, dismembering and brutally murdering all the other toys. If you’re feeling up to it, the full video is embedded below. Other notable mentions were the Dumb Ways To Die railway safety ad that went viral, as well as the poignant PACT “Because I’m a Girl” and PETA “Do Not Impose on Others” commercials.