907. The Monk and the Monkey – Francesco Giroldini, Shant Ergenian, Brendan Carroll

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SUMMARY: Ragu, a young boy aspiring to become a monk, is sent on a final quest to earn his title.

WHY IT’S HERE: ‘The Monk and the Monkey’ was the senior thesis film of three animators, one of whom went on to work on the ‘Kung Fu Panda’ series, which seems to have had an influence on this short. Following a young boy who is sent to collect the fruit from a tree but finds himself battling a monkey for the prize, ‘The Monk and the Monkey’ has a fairly predictable but very valuable lesson which younger viewers should appreciate. Despite its rounded, cartoony characters, the film sets itself up as a fable rather than a comedy, and while the short runtime does not really allow for much character development, it is the perfect length in which to tell its small, effective tale.

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