SUMMARY: A shy cassette-player attempts to talk to the attractive CD player next door.
WHY IT’S HERE: Australian animator Jonathan Nix’s ‘Hello’ is a very sweet short in which the characters are all audio devices – a tape player, a CD player and a gramophone – and must use their different abilities to communicate across the technological divides between them. Hand-drawn by Nix, ‘Hello’ is concerned with more than just differences in audio-technology, showing that traditional animation can still be just as effective and moving in a time dominated by computer animation. There’s a thematic similarity with Bill Kroyer’s 1988 film ‘Technological Threat’ but that short depicted old and new techniques as a battle for survival. ‘Hello’ shows the peaceful coexistence of technologies from all eras in a harmonious world without obsolescence.