“Being A Dog” by Felix Swahn is an animated short film that tells a story of a person/dog named Tim and how he is trying to mature and become a better person. This short, animated film is one of the best things I have seen in such a long time. Despite one major flaw, it is unique, dark, and full of juice. It is a clear example of how dramatic animation can be.
First of all, the style of animation is incredible. It catches an easy instantly, being retrospective and futuristic at the same time. Besides it, such style adds layers to the story: it adds additional emotions to it, making it dark, dirty and very human. The style also combined with little nuances made in comic-style, and such combination is rare to observe. Animation is an ability to create imagery of the story from moving frames and Being A Dog does it miraculously.
The story is also captivating Tim deals with thoughts and emotions everyone can relate to, and it is crucial. Although, I believe one major flaw is the ending: if the entire film can be described as a build up to a certain catharsis, the ending failed to execute it. I wish there was a more open and thought-provoking ending, which could add more mystery to the story.
Besides that, it is an amazing work. Sophisticated but very natural, full of authenticity and drama, this short, animated film told more about characters than most films. It creates unique atmosphere; it is something I desire to watch again and again. Felix Swahn is a diamond in the rough, and I am sure his future projects will be as exciting as this one.