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Feb 20, 2013 | 10:36 PM EST
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CHILDREN, created by Mohammad Ahmed Fikree. The film won Special Jury Prize at Dubai International Film Festival 2011.
The drama of a mother and her children planning a desperate escape from a scary, hungry beast that preys on them is captured in this short animation film.
Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @mohdfikree // ildren



Rated 5 / 5 stars

Hey Mohammad!
You wrote, made your own music and created a great animation. Really good job! It had everything, good drama and a great scary feeling. First I thought in the beginning, an animtion of 13 minutes? naa, that takes too long. But after watching the beginning I was like, alright this can be something interesting! but man as I said before GREAT animation! It was really worth it to watch the entire video :) Keep up the good work!

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Rated 3 / 5 stars

I like some parts of the presentation, though I feel that many other parts are lacking.

The idea of the unknown monster in the forest chasing a bunch of people - not very unique... but you manage to pull it off in a unique way using just silhouettes of the people and monster itself. A luminescent beast that chases you at night. Imagine that, running away from the light. That's scary.
The music fits extremely well with creating the atmosphere as well...

Yet, some parts of the story are rough, some unrealistic, some times the feelings are vague. (that's the risk of using silhouettes anyways). I feel that with better animation skills the story could have been conveyed better, everything looks like a tween in this. It breaks the fourth wall a little for me when I think "this is a really bad tween".

The monster killing itself by accidentally touching rocks while the woman miraculously escapes? Yeah, right. Who could've known that as intelligent as this monster was in setting up traps, it would meet its death from falling rocks. That's just ridiculous, abrupt, and silly. It's too convenient of a plot device for the monster to die and the woman to live. Apparently the monster survived what looked like a pretty steep fall, but a few rocks and its dead? Wouldn't it have died the first time the family dropped a rock on it then?

Anyways, the story overall is well presented and immersive, however, that ending kind of made me reel in disgust - just my opinion.

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Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

it was an a good story but for me, it took to long for anything to really happen, the first 5:00 were boring for me, it really discouraged me to not watch it.


Rated 1.5 / 5 stars

how the fock is this sad nor scary???
Its a nice story that it would be better if it didnt show the monster from the start and whole monster at the middle..


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Really sad story and had I watched it during night it might have been actually scary. The music fits the animation very well and the unusual art style makes it stand out. Excellent work.