Each day of the Annecy International Festival of Animation opens with a short film made by students at Gobelins School of the Image. This year, each of those very brief and beautiful animated films paid tribute to a woman who had a significant impact on the art of animation.
When a young knight, traveling with his lady love, comes across Excalibur trapped in a stone, he tries his best to free the sword. But it may take more than strength, nobility, or destiny to lift the sword; it may take a fire in his loins.
Its animators describe Mortal Breakup Inferno as "an angry girlfriend's infernal hunt of the man who broke her heart." I find it hilarious because it reminds me of some real cases that may or may have not involved men or women turning into fire-breathing monsters—although none had a final twist like this.
It may not employ an anime style, but Wand's Wander, the tale of a young wizard who loses his wand, feels very much inspired by the films of Studio Ghibli. Blending 2D art and CG animation, it's filled with strange creatures, grandly surreal moments, and a good amount of silliness.
Don't watch Un Conte unless you're prepared to be sad for the rest of the day. This brief, beautifully animated short film follows a knight's quest to rescue a woman in peril, but reality proves far crueler than fantasy.
The short animated film One Day features a man with an incredible gift: his home jumps around the world, spending just one day in each location. But what happens when the house's occupant finds a place where he wants to stay.