Short of the Week


How to win the heart of the girl next door when all you have to communicate is an old, unreliable tape deck.

An endearing animation about the struggles of love and self-expression. Hello‘s characters are created from common audio devices—forced to communicate with what technology they have. A bumbling, young cassette player fumbles with his tape deck as he hopelessly attempts to capture the attention of the cute, digital girl next door. His earnest persistence won me over.

The animation technique integrates traditional, hand-drawn 2D characters and textures in a 3D environment through a process referred to as 2.5D. Although coarsely integrated at times, the visuals do their job of telling the story without becoming a distraction.

This festival hit is Jonathon Nix’s first short animated film. The Australian animator is currently developing the prequel—a feature-length animation titled The Missing Key. Hello was my personal favorite from the Animation Show 2 (2005), and I’m pleased to see it now find a home online.

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.
  • Benjamin Coyle

    The video won’t load. I remember loving this short a long time ago and it makes me sad that I can’t re-experience it.

  • Jason Sondhi
  • Celia

    Could you guys please post another link that can be viewed in Australia? :( I love this film and can’t seem to find a copy of it anywhere.