Welcome to Autodale, a safe home for you and me. Robots are our friends and with their help order and harmony is achieved. How beautiful it is to grow up in such a … perfect governed state.  David James Armsby created two shorts in this city of the future that illustrated the way robots and humans can co-exist and evolve into a greater society.

Hope you enjoy today’s short: Children’s Toys/No Monsters


I thought these were short enough clump together into one entry and it doesn’t get “spoopy” unless you see more unearthed about our no so perfect city of Autodale. I think there’s a lot of obvious interpretational plot devices like the imperfection masks, and the robot toys that function as normalization/propaganda but there’s a lot of subtle things as well like how the robots don’t obey the short’s aspect ratio and break through the black bars. There’s a great building on the 1950’s stunted dystopia future that has been popular by many cold war what-if stories and the Fallout franchise. There’s something inherently bleak about this universe that again becomes spooky the more you realize you’ve still got more left to be uncovered.

I’m linking a post by Justin Cummings over at Overly Animated that gives a more in depth, detailed review of the shorts and the world they build. David James Armsby is talented in many artforms, you can check out his Facebook page that showcases some of his sculpting work. Any one interested in more Autodale? Last month the most recent installment of the series was added, “Don’t Feed the Freaks” is our latest visit into the apocalyptic world and it brings a unique shift to the series while keeping up the quality of the other animations. Whether it is freaks, toys, or monsters the truth is nothing is scaring than a combined effort in control of social formations.

That’s it for today’s spooky short, be sure to check back tomorrow for another. Be sure to like and follow/subscribe to the feature creator to support the short shown and to like and follow me to follow along and support 31 spooks of October. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a spooky, scary month. Goodbye now.


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