Wednesday, April 15, 2009

What $2.00 Will Buy You

If you read my post about the children’s book, Varmints you might be interested to learn that the illustrator has made a short movie based on the book. My tastes are a bit eclectic, but if you enjoy a story about perserverance, you might like it too. Both the book and the movie are a bit dark in the middle but that’s just part of the tale. I love the main character – so sweet, so full of hope and determination. I wasn’t expecting any dialogue and it has none, but there are some sound effects provided by some endangered animals- an ocelot, a margay, a red panda, and a lynx. Their contributions are acknowledged in the credits.

The movie is about 24 minutes long and you can purchase it on iTunes for a mere $2.00. I think about all the work that went into animating this piece, the number of people who participated in bringing it to fruition, and how long it must have taken to put it together and I am amazed that it is available for such a pittance. It was shown at some film festivals, but I wasn’t likely to get to any of those. Being able to download it is a benefit that wouldn’t have been available just a few short years ago. If you are so inclined, you can find it by searching the movies section of iTunes. If you decide to give it a viewing, let me know what you think.

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