467. Island – Fyodor Khitruk

Ed Catmull Computer Animated Hand

SUMMARY: A man stranded on a desert island is first ignored and then exploited by his fellow man.

WHY IT’S HERE: After several years dominated by the making of his celebrated ‘Winnie the Pooh’ shorts, Fyodor Khitruk returned to the world of adult satire with ‘Island’, the story of a solitary man stranded on a tiny desert island. At first he is completely ignored by the passing ships but as more visitors begin to flock to the island it becomes clear that the world is not ignorant of his plight, it just doesn’t care about it. In a flurry of film crews, missionaries, tourist and cops and robbers, the man finds his island invaded and then deserted, with no improvement to his own situation and often consequences that are to his detriment. Loggers chop down and cart away the one palm tree. Oil men drill a hole right through the middle of his tiny patch of land. Finally, it is a simple act of kindness by a man in a similar predicament that saves the hapless protagonist. The satire on a selfish, oblivious society is obvious but effective here and comes across as affectionately disapproving rather than finger-waggingly preachy. The final moment of hope in the goodness of similarly isolated individuals is both touching and timeless.

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