Billed as a ‘cautionary tale’, Klementhro by animator Ben Mitchell is a hilarious 4-min animated short that perfectly walks the fine line between absurdity and comedy. Following its titular, hapless protagonist through over 60-years of his life, Mitchell’s short is deceptively simple and packed with laughs, feels and ghosts!
Centred around one man, his 9-log raft and his devotion to his paddle, there’s a repetitive rhythm to Mitchell’s story that sucks you in to his protagonist’s tale from the get-go. However, it’s when this rhythm is disturbed that Klementhro is at its most funny. Featuring a couple of moments destined to make you laugh-out-loud (don’t make my mistake and cover your screen with coffee), there’s also a bittersweet tint to Mitchell’s film that works as a nice contrast to the comedy.
Currently Managing Director & Content Producer over at the excellent Skwigly, Mitchell also works as an animation/post-production freelancer, independent director, composer and graphic novelist. Klementhro is the latest of the filmmaker’s short films to tour festivals worldwide – you can check out more of his work in the link below.