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.

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 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!

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

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