Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Shadow Puppets

Whilst checking out Boing Boing, I stumbled upon “Shadow Puppets”, a 10-minute animation about the "Orwellian life of a man whose sole job is to push buttons – and discovers freedom by making shadow puppets".

Animated in a stark black and white palette, this beautiful yet tragic story by Chuck Gamble depicts a man's bleak existence in a totalitarian work environment where his only source of joy and freedom comes from making shadow puppets with his hands. 

When an act of cruelty inflicted upon the man leads to the loss of his fingers, he must find another way to make his shadow puppets.


This is a phenomenal short animation with soul. I don't know about you but it gives me mixed feelings. I sense both dread and hope. 

I like the fact that its inked, sketchy, black and white animation style gives this film the feeling of an artistic comic book. The artistic originality of this film makes it stand out as a story of human cruelty and finding the light within the darkness.

This film was made in 1994 and featured at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

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