Short of the Week

Blinky™

Boy wants the latest toy for Christmas, a friendly robot to fill the love left by his parents’ broken marriage. But when the boy loses interest in Blinky, one final request remains.

Ruairi Robinson has been a name to watch for a while, mentions of him show up frequently in the rumor mill regarding high profile directing gigs. He was attached to the long in development live-action Akira film before things fell through, and most recently word broke that he will direct the sci-fi thriller, The Animators.

These breaks for Robinson are due to talent of course, but also because of short film. The Irish animator broke through to great acclaim with his 3D short film, Fifty Percent Grey, which was nominated for Oscar in 2002 (a time when 3D films made by one guy and a PC were still quite rare). He then followed it up with Silent City, a post-apocalyptic short film starring Cillian Murphy. It is a film I am not too fond of, but served as nice showcase of his direction and VFX skills, and it was largely off its strength that talk of Robinson helming a big VFX film began.

However with Akira falling through, Robinson was not content to sit on his hands, and as a result our reward is another short film.  This one has been eagerly awaited since 2009, when animation tests came out online, and the project was known as Bad Robot. In this 13 min piece, Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are) plays an angst ridden boy stuck in a well-to-do, yet toxic home environment where his parents constantly fight. For Christmas he requests and gets, Blinky, the latest robot friend/home helper! Will Blinky be the friend the boy needs? Probably not…

I’ll just say that in visual execution this is truly masterful. A real treat, and we might just have to write some more about this later. For now, watch the film yourself.

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Co-Founder of Short of the Week, Sondhi lives in Brooklyn working as a Curator for Vimeo. Follow his musings on online video, direct distribution and branded content: @jasondhi.
  • Sam

    Maybe it’s just my love of Horror, but it seems like it should have had more at the end. Perfectly horrific and subtly terrifying, still. I don’t know exactly what happened to the parents though, did they call the police and then Blinky killed them?

  • Blinky

    No problem.

  • Colin

    @Sam: I think Blinky was killing the parents, it made ruckus, so a noise complaint was filed, and the police arrived then. The end killings were the police officers dying i believe.

    To comment on the short, i thought it was very well done. Very horrifying and creepy. 9/10

  • http://aol.com lady gaga

    omg

  • Jason Sondhi

    That helps Colin, I too was a little confused about the end.

  • Levi

    Password?

  • Alex

    Yes, please give us the password!

  • Jason Sondhi

    @Levi Very strange. Same goes for the YouTube version that was put up only a few days ago. No word on Robinson’s website Facebook or Twitter yet, I’ll update with more information as soon as we have it.

  • Graeme

    Yeah, password please!!!!

  • Jason Sondhi

    Sorry, no word from Robinson yet. He’s been contacted through FB, Twitter and his site about it.

  • Jason Sondhi

    New Blinky link. Still no word from Robinson. Might not last long, watch it now if you haven’t.

  • Felonious Punk

    Okay, so this is not a Wall-E-esque family fun movie, it’s a bloody (literally) futuristic suspense drama. That must be why my teeth won’t stop chattering and why I’m choosing to use the manual can opener over the electric one. :-D No problem.

  • Graeme

    Very well done short film.

    Mankind’s days as the dominant life form on earth are numbered. You have been forewarned!!

  • Jason Sondhi

    I think we’ll be ok if we just bomb IBM and Honda’s labs “Terminator”-style.

  • Android #22

    Loved it. I got nothing else to say except..
    Password, please?

  • Sam

    I was looking at the IMDb for Blinky, and I think what it says is kinda right.

    “On reboot, only one demand remains intact.” I think that because that one demand was the only one that the kid didn’t say something else to contradict it, it was the one that stayed in Blinky’s “Must Do” database. The other one’s he couldn’t resolve because they contradicted and nullified each other.

  • Jason Sondhi

    New link for Blinky.

  • Phil Devans

     Why do I get the feeling your a fan of Thelonious Monk???

  • Raff20

    “kill everyone” was the demand that remained intact, and thats exactly what blinky did, while it was horrifying what  happenedyou felt sorry for blinky, he only did what he was programmed to do and that was follow instructions.

  • HelloPeopleoftheinterwebs

    Fucking…robots…

  • Mar

    Salesperson: For $1,000 more, Blinky comes with the 3 Laws of Robotics app preinstalled.
    Dad: No thanks.
    Salesperson: That’s alright. Just make sure you install the app once you complete the steps in Blinky’s Quick Setup Guide.
    Dad: What? Oh, yeah. OK.

  • Mar

    Salesperson: For $1,000 more, Blinky comes with the 3 Laws of Robotics app preinstalled.
    Dad: No thanks.
    Salesperson: That’s alright. Just make sure you install the app once you complete the steps in Blinky’s Quick Setup Guide.
    Dad: What? Oh, yeah. OK.

  • http://www.facebook.com/NickMudhatter Nick Mud Hatter

    That is correct no 3d law of robotics applied here.. and yes Blinky’s technology was state-of-art until his young master managed to stuck overflow him and got him to looooooop causing this mess… Morals? None. Just enjoy

  • john

    man is just 13 min make the hole fucking movie is a good movie to start with but 13 min wtf

  • john

    man is just 13 min make the hole fucking movie is a good movie to start with but 13 min wtf