Dreams, Connections, and Love

Weekly Shorts is a segment where I feature short stories. This week, I’m featuring a couple of short animated films I’ve watched this week that you guys ought to check out.

Ohayo by Satoshi Kon

A short film that perfectly captures the feeling of waking up in the morning. Kon has a strong grip on portraying dreams in his films. The amount of detail in this short is astounding and the concept is pretty amazing once you think about it. If you liked this one, you should check out Paranoia Agent, Paprika, and Perfect Blue– all three seams dreams to reality, inspiring the likes of Black Swan and Inception.

Paperman by John Kars

A lovely black-and-white film that merges 2D and 3D elements, set in 1940s New York. It’s a classic love story, but with animation, it transcends into something deeper and poignant, conveying the intimacy in connections and how far one’s feelings could reach.

Heart by Erick Oh

A metaphorical film about love and emotions. I adore films that are open for different interpretations and this one attracts that sort of thinking. The film reminds me of an intense dance with a story. For me, it’s about people who want to be loved but are too selfish to love others; the chaotic emotions selfish love could bring; and the loneliness that follows as consequence. I would love to hear your thoughts about this one.

Have you watched any of these shorts? Know any you would like to share? Just comment below and I’ll check it out!

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