There's not a lot of contemporary animation that I look forward to, but I'm always excited to see a new short by the Rauch brothers. So much of contemporary animation is devoid of real human feeling and emotion. It relies on dramatic and comic clichés and the dialogue is straight from sitcoms. It is refreshing to see some animation, like the above, built on genuine human experience.
I have no idea if these shorts are creating any ripples within the animation community, but they should be. The Rauch brothers are pointing in a direction that animation needs to go, and it doesn't need $150 million budgets to get there. All it needs is truth and taste, two things that should be in good supply and that won't break the bank.
This short is one of four new Rauch brothers shorts that will be included in the November 28 POV special on PBS. I look forward to them all.
You can see all of the Rauch brothers shorts for StoryCorps here.