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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 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.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I am crushed by this, in the beginning there is beauty, wonder, and amazment. You dont expect what happens. I was crying at the end...


Rated 5 / 5 stars

i think i really start to cry for a moment, really good, really


Rated 5 / 5 stars

This was so sad and beautiful. It reminded me of a mix of Journey, Shadow of the Colossus, and Limbo, and I didn't see half of the twists coming. Brilliant.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Thrilling and very compelling.
Far exceeded my expectations.