Today's short comes from The Animation Workshop, a group of folks I've been exploring since I stumbled across the humorous "Grandma's Hero" a few weeks back and realized it was from the same animation school that came up with the super-creepy "Backwater Gospel."
This one, "The Saga of Biorn," is sort of in the middle; a bit silly, perhaps (and maybe mildly irreverent), and nowhere near as "Backwater-level" creepy or memorable. But I think I found myself drawn to it because it plays (in a gentle way) with the ridiculousness that so often occurs when we attempt to imagine the afterlife.
And also, it's essentially a Gary Larson cartoon: "Welcome to Heaven. Here's your harp."
Biôrn, an old Viking, is determined to reach Valhalla, the warrior's afterlife full of excessive drinking and debauchery. To gain entry he has to die honorably in battle, but he discovers that the right death isn't so easy.