Life is Beautiful
In a world of apathy, can a man change his destiny using drastic measures?
As the camera pans across framed photos in a hallway, we see snapshots of what life might have been like for a man of very short stature as he was growing up. Once we reach the end of the hall and look through the threshold of the kitchen, we see that very man, sitting on a highchair at the kitchen table. He finishes writing something on a piece of paper and he walks a ladder over to scale and feed his goldfish on the kitchen counter. At first, he taps in a normal amount of fish food but then pops the lid off the container and dumps the entire contents into the fish bowl. Like a man with the purpose, he hastily leaves the kitchen and slams the door shut.
The small man stands in an elevator that’s playing “I’m in the Mood for Love” muzak, and gets entangled by the legs of an amorous couple; he gets knocked about by others’ legs while trying to cross the street; has to suffer being in direct line-of-fire by others’ flatulence; and faces height envy wherever he looks. The poor guy can’t seem to get a break – he was dealt a bad hand, in life.
Atop a very tall skyscraper, the man stands on the edge looking down – his permafrown is gone, a single wisp of comb-over gently flaps in the wind, and his dark moustache shows signs of aging, with highlights of white. He not only looks calm, at such a vertiginous height, he looks resigned. With arms outstretched to his sides, he gently leans forward to fall to his death.
Writer, Director: Ben Brand
Co-Writer: Ilse Ott
Animation Studio: Fube
Producer: Niels Scheide, Rogier Dorant
Executive Producers: Jacques Vereecken, Sander Heeroma
Head of Production: Liesbeth Timmer
Key Cast: Jankees van den Berg, Laura Branderhorst, Fabian Jansen
Line Producer: Percy Tienhooven
Art Director: Vincent Bisschop
Technical Director: Jasper van Nieuwenhuizen
Compositing: Koos Dekker
Rendering: Sebastiaan van Hesteren
Animatic: Percy Tienhoven
Head of Animation: Rik Schutte
Animation: Nanda van Dijk, Piebe van der Storm
Light & Shading: Ruud Coenen
Shading: Dimitar Kralev
Sound Design: Dennis Kersten
Editor: Wietse de Zwart
Music: Christiaan Verbeek
Storyboard: Natasha Stevie
Additional Artwork: Lois van Baarle
Modeling: Kjeld Slingeland, Vinnie Portier