Director: Mark Osborne
A factory worker in a dark, gray world assembles devices that promise happiness. In his spare time he tinkers to create something better, and finally succeeds in perfecting his invention, which allows people to see life through rose-colored glasses. The creative spark and the hunger to create something he loves drove the factory worker everyday but was it all worth it in the end?
Without dialog, the film portrays life in a stark and twisted alternate reality where individuality is lost. Surely this isn’t the first work to speculate on the nature of life in a place and time like this, but More’s brilliance is in its re-imagining of this world in such a brief and poignant way. Osborne and company’s work populates this world with animated characters possessed of a ghostly vitality.
More enjoyed much critical success and popularity on the festival circuit. It was given an award for best animated short at both South by Southwest and Sundance, and was nominated for an Academy Award for best animated short film of 1998.
Reel Value: 8.2/10