SUMMARY: A cat longs for the moon but its of its desires pursuit seem to be in vain.
WHY IT’S HERE: Portuguese animator Pedro Serrazina’s ‘Tale About the Cat and the Moon’ is a bewitching short which uses the seemingly simple interplay between black and white to weave its magic. Although it was originally made in Portuguese, I would recommend that English speaking viewers seek out the English version. This is not usually the recommendation I’d make but in the case of ‘Tale About the Cat and the Moon’ the sound of the poem that accompanies the animation is so important, as is the focus on the visuals on screen, and in this case subtitles detract from the experience. ‘Tale About the Cat and the Moon’ really is an experience too, its fluidity an astonishingly beautiful thing to be a part of. The intricacy of the interplay between black and white challenges the viewer’s perceptions throughout. For the most part it seems to be a black cat we are watching but there are times when it could be a white one, which then throws into doubt the other images we have witnessed.