Short of the Week

Ormie

Ormie the Pig is desperate to get the cookies on top of the fridge, but is constantly stymied, in this modern day slapstick.

One of the things I certainly love about animated shorts is the freedom creators have to be experimental and show the world something it has never seen. That said, chances are, the earliest animated shorts you saw and the ones you first fell in love with have been seen many, many times—they were some form of funny-animal slapstick, like Warner Brothers’ legendary “Loony Tunes” films. You didn’t have bad taste either. Many animation enthusiasts far more knowledgeable than me passionately proclaim that there was a level of genius to those works that has yet to be matched.

So if part of you still pines for that largely bygone aesthetic, Ormie by Rob Silvestri provides the 3D update to this beloved type of film. While I find it blandly designed, the gag-writing and the animation execution of this short film is truly stellar, allowing it win a raft of awards during the 2010 festival season. The premise is simple, a pig wants to eat the cookies that are out of his reach on top of the refrigerator. The methods he employs to try and do so are anything but simple however.

I first saw Ormie at the Seattle International Film Festival 2010 where it nabbed best animation—one in a string of awards for the film that included prizes at prestigious stops like Palm Springs and NY Children’s FF. Silvestri works and created the film at Toronto’s Arc Productions, an animation studio that has worked on big 3D pictures like Gnomeo and Juliet and the feature adaptation of 9. The studio’s newest feature project is titled OZ3D, and will mark Silvestri’s feature film directing debut! Congrats Rob, look forward to seeing it.

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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.
  • http://- Hans Jákup Eiðisgarð

    it says: “This video is private”

  • http://- Hans Jákup Eiðisgarð

    But I found it on Arc Productions website. Cute and funny stuff.

  • Nick

    The video is back up

    awesome short

  • Jason Sondhi

    Hmm, don’t know why it went down Hans, but it is up and working for me now. Glad you all like it, the character’s personality is wonderfully realized I think.

  • http://www.thomasbealecipher.com Andrew S Allen

    Nice ending.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LordDaniel87 Daniel Ken Jones

    Oh how much I miss the old animations. It genuinly makes me feel sad. This, however, brought it back fro the briefest of moments. Reminded me a little bit of Roger Rabbit too. Lovely stuff.

  • http://twitter.com/Ge0s geos
  • http://www.facebook.com/jasondhi Jason Sondhi

    Updated the link. Appreciate it!

  • Pdmckee

    The International Family Film Festival would love to have you enter your animation in the 2012 event…we are accepting 2D & 3D screening formats http://www.ifffilmfest.org

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasondhi Jason Sondhi

    Note that we are not the creators of the film. Please get in touch with the director. Perhaps through Linkedin? http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/rob-silvestri/1/68b/3a6

  • Shvan_koye

    nice

  • Didierbe

    Very very very nice ! My 3 children love it so much ! Thanks and we hope a new film as soon as possible !
    Didier, Belgium

  • http://twitter.com/rctwentyseven ????!!1! ?

    really enjoyed this short! :) so sweet and funny, watched it with my younger brother. loved the ending!

  • Terry Diemer

    much better than Roger Rabbit.