Anime Club: La Maison en Petits Cubes

LA MAISON EN PETITS CUBES

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CREATED BY: Kunio Kato

NO. OF EPISODES: 1 Film

GENRE: Short Subject

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: Japan

As his town is flooded by water, an aged widower is forced to add additional levels onto his home in order to stay dry. But when he accidentally drops his favorite smoking pipe into the lower submerged levels of his home, his search for the pipe eventually makes him relive scenes from his eventful life (including his time before the flooding began).

hqdefault-1Now, here is definitely an odd ball of a film. I found this short hidden in my Netflix queue…and I am not sure what to think. The animation style is actually really well done, as I feel that it does a fantastic job providing an authentic hand drawn experience. The story is also rather interesting, especially once you analyze it just a tad to make sure you aren’t missing anything. I definitely understand why this short won so many awards.
As for the downside, there are a few definitely drawbacks to watching this short. One, the length is a problem. While the team behind it completely surpasses my expectations of what could be accomplished in 15 minutes, it could easily turn a number of people off. Also, while the story was interesting, I found my self fighting off boredom as I watched it. Go into this short without any expectations and you will enjoy yourself.

PROS:

  • Interesting storytelling
  • Hand-drawn animation style.

CONS:

  • Length.
  • Can easily bore you.

SCORE: 7.0 / 10

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