“Alarm” (2009)

This short film’s first two minutes are indicative of how great this could’ve been, just on the relatability alone. But once the title screen appears, it takes a dive, and only barely recovers. The biggest issue is that the pacing is too slow. This is an 8-minute short for what could’ve been told in 4 minutes. I get what they were going for, especially with the ending, but I still think a more straightforward and fast-moving short would’ve been more appropriate. It doesn’t help that the animation is too reserved, as if it’s trying to emulate a live action feel. The exaggeration that is endemic to animation would’ve worked very well here. Not bad, but could’ve been so much greater.

Rating: 3/5

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