Short of the Week

Bendito Machine

A fascinatingly simple animation about the perils of human greed.

Jossie Malis uses a powerful, graphic animation style to tell the story of human evolution and its effects on religion and industry. A small, prosperous village is overtaken by a more powerful tribe with methods for more efficient and more enjoyable living. All told in a limited space with an extremely limited palate, this short uses simple techniques to tell a much bigger story.

Painstakingly animated entirely in Flash, Bendito Machine avoids the usual pitfalls of Flash animation. Malis’s animation feels incredibly organic—supported by well-crafted sound effects. I must admit, this didn’t grab me immediately, but after awhile this short grew on me. And there’s something to say about a film that sticks with you—something profound. But I won’t attempt it here.

Check out more of Jossie Malis’ films at Zumbakamera.

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Andrew makes no attempt to hide his love for the magic art of animation. He appreciates compelling visuals but never forgets that in this modern age, a strong story always reigns supreme. You can see his work at andrewsallen.com or his latest film The Thomas Beale Cipher.
  • Jason Sondhi

    Bendito Machine sequels! Dek shared part 3 recently. Check them out at No Fat Clips!

    http://dekku.blogspot.com/2009/03/jossie-malis-bendito-machine-2.html

    http://dekku.blogspot.com/2009/04/bendito-machine-ep-3.html

    By the way, its good to have Dek back from his mini-vacation. Internet legend.

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