I have a hard time saying if I would actually recommend the animated short film Alma to children. To adults, I’d recommend it whole-heartedly, but when it comes to kids, this one might just give them the creeps.
Alma is a five-minute computer animated film directed and written by Rodrigo Blaas, who worked in the art department for many Pixar films including The Incredibles, Wall-E, and Up. The animation for Alma is absolutely top-notch by the way. The character designs did call Up to mind, but the color scheme was more moody and muted than anything we’re likely to see from a big-budget CGI movie. It was made in Spain, but there’s no dialogue so you don’t have to worry about subtitles.
The story features a girl named Alma who wanders about town a bit until she notices in the window of a toyshop a doll that looks identical to her, except smaller. She then goes into the store… as the movie’s only 5 or 6 minutes, I don’t want to give anything more away, suffice it to say there’s a strange twist that seems like it’s right out of an Edward Gorey book.
You can watch it here.
It was interesting to me to see a film set in the most special of places for kids, the toyshop, and actually take a moment to show the dark side of desiring material things. Usually, kid’s movies direct their audience directly to the gift shop, but Alma might just keep them away.
What did you think of the animated short film Alma?