Nelson Boles, a CalArts Student, presents the challenging voyage of a little boat in the aptly named “Little Boat” animated short. With an animation style that shifts from minimalist to dynamic and engaging, I almost didn’t give this wayward craft a moment of my time but I’m so glad I stopped to look.
There is something so charming and simplistic but also endearing and perservering about this little boat. In the same vein of the “Little Engine that Could, ” you are hoping the boat will navigate through snow, ice and even war torn waters to reach it’s ultimate destination. Expressing a depth that is rarely seen without facial expression, the soundtrack only enhances the emotive qualities and really lends itself to the dramatic build-up. One of my favorite scenes is the rough water scene with the lack of sound weighing heavy on the viewer. Also, the end offers a fun possibilities and insight into the boat and it’s adventure.
Enjoy the rough and smooth sailing folks! Happy Friday!
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