Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Watch This: 'Fresh Cut Grass'
Their 2014 original short Fresh Cut Grass has become a favourite with festivals all over the world, winning acclaim at film and animation festivals both at home and abroad. Most recently it played the Manchester Animation Festival in the UK and went down a storm. Up until now if you wanted to see it for yourself, your only chance was at such an event. Luckily however, it has now been released online for all to see.
Written and directed by Rob Cullen (director on the 2015 Danger Mouse) this is a must watch. It's a beautifully animated story of a young dog who travels to the big city to see his beloved sister. It starts out as a cute and charming story, like a short you might see play in front of a Pixar or Disney movie. However it quickly takes a turn as the puppy discovers the city life isn't all it's cracked up to be. It goes to some dark and unexpected places that you wouldn't be anticipating from the opening. The very last movie you'd expect to be reminded of here is Liam Neeson vehicle Taken.
Such tonal shifts are risky, but Cullen pulls it off in a way that seems deceptively effortless. We should point out though that although it gets darker, that doesn't mean that it's overly serious or bleak. Even when it's depicting the city's seedy underbelly, it's still often very funny.
Hopefully the success of projects like Danger Mouse will help fund more original work like this. As our first taste of Boulder working for themselves we are very impressed, and can't wait to see more. Watch the full short below.
Fresh Cut Grass from Boulder Media on Vimeo.
Posted by Chris Perkins
Chris writes about movies, games, TV and other stuff you love, and has written for places including MyM magazine, Rant Gaming, KillStreakMedia and Anime UK News. He particularly specialises in the field of animation and spends far too much time watching cartoons for a grown up. He regrets nothing. Follow him at @misterchristor.