It is rare to find something as delightfully macabre as Zealous Creative’s stop motion animation The Maker. Producers Christopher and Christine Kezelos execute a gorgeous and stunning little bottle story that takes our cute (slightly off-putting) bunny doll fellow and without explicitly explaining much it’s clear that he is challenged in some sort of race against the clock. The Maker received over 22 international film festival awards and all were well-deserved as the film speaks for itself with it’s a gripping atmosphere, riveting incorporation of musical score and ingenious storytelling.
Please enjoy today’s featured short: The Maker
The short has a unique presence to it that really only compares to the Tim Burton produced animated movie 9 but even then, the concept still seems drastically different. While 9 decided to explore the dystopian re-animation world, The Maker leaves an air of intrigue as its entirely contained to pretty much a basement of sorts. If you enjoyed the film I’d recommend getting a copy of The Magnum Opus which is a short novel of about 200 pages that explores the origins and lore of the short written by the creators of the short themselves. A whopping majority of the Amazon reviews point to the book being a satisfying read so if the short peaked your curiosity that would be a great way to go and support them besides by the $3 digital copy of the short itself on the zealous creative website.
I think the story does a pretty good job of making the allegorical implications that it represents life as a generation of cycles but let’s try and dive deeper. While gnarly looking, the Maker’s teeth are all incisors which makes me wonder if this was a technical choice easier to deal with the thinner flatter properties of incisors or a conscious decision to avoid canines to prevent giving the Maker cute little pointy teeth coming across more feral and less human. While probably a complete coincidence, and a huge leap of logic there could be a hidden reference in The Maker’s clothes. A drab and dirty blue and white striped design might bring up memories of the World War 2 drama, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas about a boy that befriends a boy in “Striped Pajamas” who is imprisoned in a concentration camp. The connection could be even deeper as the main character Bruno at one point wears a blue jacket with a white brim that appears like the one the Maker wears.
To debunk this theory there is difference between Bruno’s and The Makers jacket most notably Bruno’s having a zipper while the Maker has buttons. It also just isn’t the iconic look Bruno has in the film if you were to reference the character you would probably do something more along the lines of the first encounter look or the clothes his mother finds at the end of the film. It does however sort of fit the gloom and dower theme of The Maker, a victim of ill-circumstance and someone who unbeknownst to them is in a cruel and wicked situation they neither put themselves in or deserved. The final deeper thought is how death is portrayed as beautiful and burst of rainbow. This certainly could have that Infinity War design look to it and show death as bleak and intimidating but instead it is colorful vibrant and even seems to bring The Maker an ounce of solace as he’s relieved of the stress and pressure of his necessity to create a meaningful link to the world.
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.