"...a Gary Larson cartoon, only animated."
I am returning to the InterWebs after a (brief, year-end) hiatus to post this short. It was sent to me by a friend who suspected that it would be of interest to me.
He was correct, and in spades.
It's called “Moses of the Artificial Leg,” and I'm sure y'all will be charmed by it, as well. (Plus, here's the original inspiration, for context/deep background/because it's a ton of fun.)
It's much more light-hearted and far easier to stomach than the other fantastic film I've seen from Majidi, the wrenching (yet wonderful, in its own way) The Color of Paradise, yet it displays the same immersive "fly-on-the-wall" approach, the same extraordinary social and cultural nuances, and an absolutely astonishing set of child actors.
"During an engineering flight test of the Cloud-Aerosol Multi-Angle Lidar (CAMAL) instrument, a view from NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center’s ER-2 aircraft shows smoke plumes, from roughly 65,000 feet, produced by the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, California, around 1 p.m. PST on Dec. 5th, 2017."
Before you take this too negatively, today's recommendation is most of all a reminder that Shane Acker needs to make another feature, because he's a visual genius. The fact that his only feature film to date isn't as good as the astonishing short that inspired it says more about the original than it does about the full-blown version.