Today's Short Is Basically One Long Set-Up. And It's Not Available In HD Anywhere On The Internet.

And you know what? I don't care about either of those things, because it's an homage to the recently-centuricious Kirk Douglas, and it's great. It's the BAFTA-winning, Oscar-nominated "The Big Story," made by David Stoten and Tim Watts. And despite being unavailable in anything other than this grainy, lo-fi video from over ten years ago -- There is a line-drawing "pencil test" version, but that's not really better -- it works. I "blame" Kirk's charisma, his instantly-recognizable visage and mannerisms, and Gorshin's amazing voice work.

A fun bit of back story (courtesy of Skwigly, the "Online Animation Magazine"):

The angular features are captured brilliantly in the shadowy noir setting and enhanced by the excellent voice mimicry provided by Frank Gorshin (the Riddler from Batman). The film picked up an unexpectedly wide audience when Quentin Tarantino liked it so much he requested it was screened before his hit Pulp Fiction for its cinema release. 
Attribution(s): Video and stills are the property of David Stoten, Tim Watts, and other respective production studios and distributors.