Jan 24, 2013

Kuchao - A Gum Boy

Tokyo University of the Arts grad Masaki Okuda (now Montreal based) created this insanely unique animated short as his first-year film back in 2010.  With a distinctive art style, the story of Kuchao, or, a Gum Boy, is about a loner little boy.  The animation is slightly jarring at first, with it's shakiness that made me wonder if I was seeing things (or gonna have a seizure or migraine), but it's style and sing-songy narration kept me going.  Within the plot, I felt that little Kuchao's situation is one we've all been in at some point: the lone kid in a world all their own.

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