After being shown at 180 film festivals around the globe in one year and landing 50 prizes, Jacob Frey decided to share his animated short film “The Present” with the rest of the world. Frey created the incredible film in the animation, visual effects and postproduction program where he studies in Ludwigsburg, Germany. We don’t want to ruin it for you so watch the film for yourself and then read ahead.
The film, which was Frey’s final project, shows a kid who spends most of his free time playing video games indoors. The kid’s mom, who isn’t pleased with the fact that her son is stuck in the house, comes home one day and puts a box on the floor in front of him. When the boy opens the box, he finds a surprise. It’s a sweet little puppy that’s missing one of his front legs. The boy is disappointed with the bizarre little creature, tosses him across the floor and that’s where the story gets started.
So yes, the message – something along the lines of “Life is the greatest gift of all”, is a little bit cliché. But the animation is nothing short of brilliant, the plot will make you tear up and the sweet little puppy will make you want to run out and adopt a three-legged critter of your own. Or at least make you run and hug your dog.