The month of June saw me rummaging through the International Animation Film Festival of Annency selection when derailed by my funky internet searches I stumbled upon this jewel! The Dam Keeper.
The film was even nominated for an Academy Award, for Best Animated Short Film, at the 87th Academy Awards. And it was written and directed by Robert Kondo and Daisuke ‘Dice’ Tsutsumi both PIXAR’s studio alumni and it was narrated by Lars Mikkelsen.
here the trailer:
The Dam Keeper, a short film by feature animation artists Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi tells the tale of a young pig encumbered with an important job, and the meeting of a new classmate who changes everything.
The short blends traditional hand-drawn animation with lush brushstrokes to bring Kondo and Tsutsumi’s celebrated painting style to life like never before. Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen (Forbrydelsen, Sherlock) narrates the film.
Produced By: Megan Bartel & Duncan Ramsay / Supervising Animator: Erick Oh / Editor: Bradley Furnish / Music By: Zach Johnston & Matteo Roberts
And here I leave you with a pretty good interview of both of the director’s: