Jul 7, 2014
"Broken Wand" - A Magical Animated Romp
Directed by Ann Yang and Michael Altman, Broken Wand is a pleasant animated short that transported me back to the heyday of touching, memorable Pixar animated shorts (Been a while since we had one of those, no?). The CG short features a magician getting a visit from his preteen grandson, only to realize that there's a palpable generational disconnect between the two.
In an attempt to reconnect with him, the magician resorts to giving it his all to win his attention. It's a simple premise but charmingly executed by the group from New York's School Of Visual Arts (SVA). I attribute part of it to the fantastic scoring as well, which really did an amazing job capturing the ups and downs of this short.