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CHILDREN, created by Mohammad Ahmed Fikree. The film won Special Jury Prize at Dubai International Film Festival 2011.
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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.
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Scrapper92Scrapper92

Rated 2 / 5 stars

Though I really applaud it for its bravery and style, it does have its fair share of issues.

I know plot holes shouldn't really be a part of a review, but some are really big and really distracting. #1: If it's a beast of legend, what is the family doing out there when they've most likely heard of it? If it's thought to have only been part of a story, then disregard this complaint. #2: Why is the family out that far just to fly a kite? They go through a lot of stuff to get away from the monster, it almost makes me think that they went through that stuff to get there in the first place. It's really kind of silly. #3: Why didn't the fall that killed the son kill the monster as well? We obviously saw that the monster is mortal because a couple of rocks falling on it did kill it. So why not a giant fall? #4: The monster seems pretty powerful and fast to begin with. Why does it need to trick people and ambush them? It seems like a cheap element to wrench some heart strings when it was projecting the son.

Now, onto my biggest problem. The mother. She doesn't illustrate the slightest bit of bravery in this situation, nor does she show any sort of initiative dedicated to saving her children. The son and the ox were the only two people who did anything and they were the first to go. It just feels so disjointed and wrong. The mother literally does NOTHING in this entire video.

And I wasn't a big fan of the ending. While it was brave, it doesn't shed much insight on the mother's love for her children. They die, she cries, that's it. What's the point? What was your goal when making this story?

All in all, it gets a lot of things right. But some of the things it got wrong were so bad that they actually kind of offended me.


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PokeaidanPokeaidan

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Very touching, and also very emotional. It makes me feel sorry for the characters who had died, and even more sad for the mother, who now has to live on without her kids. ;( Very good Movie!



JimmmnyJimmmny

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Good, I liked the atmosphere, I think more work could have gone into the monster though, it's just hard to take it seriously when it looks like it has a bendy straw stuck in it's teeth.



asesino343asesino343

Rated 5 / 5 stars

so cool,look likes limbo,and i love limbo :D!!!!



ErichoEricho

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

That was a wonderfully done cartoon. It's too bad I had no idea what was going on in it. I was thinking it was supposed to represent something, but I didn't understand it. I like how it doesn't take the easy way out and has most of the main characters die. That's a pretty realistic depiction. I saw the bull attack the monster and was confused by how it was only half done.

Wow, this new format has really changed how I view these things. The animation was just gorgeous. I love how you manage to show much emotion even without dialogue or even faces! The monster is designed especially well. I can't believe I missed this when it first came out.