Watch: Animated Short Film 'The Ostrich Politic' Has Something to Say
"An overflow of doubt became a burden on their back." This is a short film that is beautifully made and just as powerful in getting a message across. The Ostrich Politic is an outstanding animated short directed by filmmaker Mohamad Houhou, about a world made up of ostriches, with a society and culture just like our own. The story is about how they are unable to deal with change, visualized by the ostriches and the way they bury their head when ther're afraid. If that isn't a clear reference for what's happening with humanity, then I don't know what is. But the honest storytelling, and impressive animation to go along with it, makes this so soothing and persuasive. Featuring narration by Kester Lovelace & Fabrice Ziolkowski. Enjoy.
Thanks to Guillermo del Toro on Twitter for the tip on this. Original description from YouTube: "Ostriches carry on their daily activities burying their heads, believing it's an Instinctive behavior. However, one day a research by phylogeneticist Dr. Kays proves otherwise." The Ostrich Politic is directed by artist / filmmaker Mohamad Houhou - a Lebanese designer/CGI artist now working on animation projects. Featuring music by Amandine Robillard and Anna Cordonnier. This is produced by by French film company Ecole de l'mage GOBELINS - visit their official website. For more info on the short film, including a look behind-the-scenes at the process, check them out on on Facebook or on Twitter. To see more shorts, click here. Your thoughts?
Mark on Nov 22, 2018
Here’s a few facts about ostriches: 1.) they’re the largest birds in the world living today, reaching over nine feet high and weighing over 280 pounds, 2.) they’re also the only bird in the world that only have two toes on each foot, and 3.) they actually don’t bury their heads in sand. Such behavior will make them vulnerable to predators such as lions. The myth probably started because they eat food on the ground and from a distance it probably does look like they’re burying their heads in the ground, but they don’t. Sorry, guys...
Mark Brackney on Nov 24, 2018
Regarding # 3 - who cares? They are using that "myth" as the concept for a film that discusses humanity. And it's a very poignant message we should all take to heart, and not come up with random facts to try and disqualify the film. Of course it's a metaphor for humans inability to confront great problems, whether or not ostriches really do that or not doesn't change anything.
Alex Billington on Nov 25, 2018
Apologies if I haven’t gotten to you in a while, what with work and all.... and, no, actually I’m not trying to disqualify this short in the slightest. In this day and age, the message of this short is very poignant, and *should* be taken to consideration. However, ostriches *don’t* actually bury their heads in the ground, that is a legitimate fact.
Mark Brackney on Dec 9, 2018
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