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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

just..... sad.... but its just too good... just great five stars... i wich i could give you more


Rated 5 / 5 stars

This was amazingly well done, but also amazingly sad.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Holy C**P. That was good. The beginning, odd, but it established the threat. And then the escape, it established the relentlessness. I never thought silhouettes could be so grisly. The entire first act shows you a family. The mother by the lakeside makes me think she's grieving. This is an outing to take the children's minds off the death of their father. (Personally, it makes the story more tragic in my mind.) The monster is first shown sparingly, building the tension. The sound made me shrink my attention to only that screen. Then the monster comes after them. And I know you're going to go full circle. After the cave, I thought "the monster's dead but they're not out of danger" and I felt like the journey home would be just as hard as escaping. But then it FREAKING CAME BACK! and I was like WHAT THE HELL? but they're okay. and then it fell. Even before I was thinking, the boy's going to be a sacrifice isn't he? And then they were okay. and I thought the movie was almost over. But it wasn't. IT JUST KEPT COMING! When it used the boy's image, that was the point I wanted that thing to die. When it stole the girl, I wanted the mother to attack it. To beat it down into hell, and save the girl, or at least just be with her as she died. I could see the anger in the fear. IN A FREAKING SILHOUETTE! (Although that might be me, then again that's what silhouettes are good for, having the audience project their ideas onto the actions.) And I saw the helplessness. And I honestly thought the mother would die. But take the monster with it. But she lived. She lived to see her children die. (And if this is a spoiler, you read through this entire thing and didn't realize that?) AMAZING. JUST ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I APPLAUD YOU! I CAN'T (read: don't want to) say anything BAD about this. Because it caused me actual emotions of fear, relief and, pity. Wonderful. Five stars.

TL;DR (I enjoyed this production immensely.)

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

13 fucking minutes of awesome!


Rated 3 / 5 stars

Visually, just wonderful. Sound was too, so speaking on a technical level, this is outstanding.

However, I found it a little boring. You could have done a lot with this story, and you could have done it in half the time. In other words, it felt like it dragged on a bit. It always felt like I was waiting for a big twist or some deus ex machina to save them, like the spirit of the forest, I dunno, whatever. Something maybe that played on the other-wordly/fantasy feel of the film.

Anyway, don't let that overshadow the fact that you have a very clean and visually pleasing piece here, so congrats on that. Artistically speaking though, there's a lot of room for improvement.