Wednesday Shorts: Sintel

One of the things I look for in the short films I share here is a story that has heart, the kind that is able to evoke a genuine emotion. While I sometimes veer off for something that is just straight up funny, such as last weeks Tone Deaf, my real goal is to help showcase the kind of work that doesn’t always get the attention it deserves.

I’ve said in the past that one of the things that really made me fall in love with anime was that it could make me feel. I’ve seen series that made me laugh, that made me cry, that inspired me, and that gave me a true sense of joy. The same goes for so many of the short films being made these days. They are what I consider art, because they can evoke so much emotion in such short periods of time.

This week, I happened across what may well be the perfect example of the kind of short films I look for with Sintel. How this one slipped past me for over a year is beyond me, but as I never saw it get a mention at any of the geeky sites I frequent, I suspect it slid under a lot of radars, which is a real shame.

Clocking in at just under ten minutes, this short from the Blender Foundation is a real roller coaster of feels as it follows a young woman named Sintel, who embarks on a quest to find and save the only friend she’s ever known, a baby dragon.

Fair warning, there’s a plot twist at the end that will bring tears to your eyes. Check it out, and by all means, share it with others. This is the sot of thing that deserves all the attention it can get.

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