LFF 2019

LFF 2019: Animated Shorts Reviews



Kanini & Kanino

by Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Anything from Studio Ponoc (the off-shoot from Studio Ghibli) is immediately going to pique my interest, so of course I was delighted to see this short included on the LFF programme. As one would expect, the animation is absolutely stunning; particularly the water effects which are truly dazzling. The story follows two brothers Kanini and Kanino who have to head off on an underwater adventure to save their father from a pretty scary looking fish. The film is without subtitles, but still very easy to follow for younger viewers, and what is lacking in story, it more than makes up for in the gorgeous animation.

My Rating: ★★★½



Big Wolf & Little Wolf

by Rémi Durin

Big Wolf lives a quiet life of isolation and is perfectly content with living alone under his tree, that is until Little Wolf shows up and Big Wolf realises maybe a companion isn’t so bad after all! With a distinctly storybook feel, this animation feels wonderfully tactile with the animation being lovingly and proudly hand-drawn. There’s an odd charm to this French animated short as it teaches the benefits of opening yourself up to others and sharing. It’s hardly world-altering, but it is really cute!

My Rating: ★★★½



Good Heart

by Evgeniya Jirkova

Another animation that is defiantly hand-made, Good Heart is definitely one that is going to appeal to parents as much as kids! Telling the story of a primitive family, and mostly focusing on the frustrated mum, this will certainly appeal to anyone who has experienced their kid begging for a pet and reluctantly given in. It’s really funny and very endearing, told simply through music, the odd grunt and a wonderfully stripped back animation style.

My Rating: ★★★★★




by Sarah Andrews & Aaron Hopwood

A short that really is just that, this 1 minute animation about a robot building himself a companion is short but undeniably sweet. The animation is really stunning and unusual, and it really packs a lot into its 1 minute of screen time! A heart-warming and unique tale; this is one you’ll want to watch over and over again just to appreciate how well made it is…and also because it is just really bloody lovely!

My Rating: ★★★




by Sonja Rohleder

You may have seen the fascinating feathered mating rituals of birds in David Attenborough documentaries, but this is now translated into this hilarious short. Set against a near black backdrop, there are small bursts of colour as we see a male bird build a nest and do a dance to attract a mate. I won’t spoil how this one ends, but it really made me chuckle. A short that wouldn’t seem out of place before a Pixar film, and that is of course some of the highest praise possible given the quality of their shorts!

My Rating: ★★★




The Penguin Who Couldn’t Swim

by Tom Rourke

With striking bright primary colours, this simple animation is certainly one that will capture younger viewers. I can in fact attest to this, as my 6 month old niece watched this one very intently with me! It is a beautifully simple story, about a penguin who feels isolated and alone because he cannot swim with the rest of his penguin pals. Made by a disabled animator, this delightful short is about disability and being different, and how the penguin of the title is soon able to find their place in the community by being inventive and resourceful in other ways. This is a really charming little short, very funny and with a lot of heart as well.

My Rating: ★★★

Baby Amelia’s Rating: ★★★






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