558. Moa Moa – Bruno Bozzetto

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SUMMARY: Two lovers stranded on adjacent desert islands devise a way to reach each other.

WHY IT’S HERE: Bruno Bozzetto’s ‘Moa Moa’ is barely a minute long but demonstrates the great director’s dedication to a good gag. Two lovers stranded on desert islands separated by shark infested waters devise a way to reach each other using a system of see-saws and boulders. There’s a definite ‘Road Runner’ influence on this brief gag but in turn it looks like an influence on Pixar’s ‘Knick Knack’ several years later. The inevitability of something going wrong does not take away from the big laugh at the end, an image which contains implications of tragically Sisyphean dimensions.

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