Short of the Week

Satire ABOUT Conquest IN Flash Animation

Bendito Machine

A fascinatingly simple animation about the perils of human greed.

Satire ABOUT Conquest IN Flash Animation 5 MIN

Bendito Machine

A fascinatingly simple animation about the perils of human greed.
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Bendito Machine

Directed By Jossie Malis
Made In Spain

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.