John and Karen (2007)

TV Short   |    |  Animation, Short

An animated animal couple tries to resolve their problems.


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16 November 2007 | bob the moo
Does enough to bemuse and amuse
Polar bear John waits at the door of penguin Karen. After a frosty reception he is let in and offered tea and biscuits but it is clear that Karen is still upset. Will John be able to break the ice with his apology?

A simple yet amusing short film this one that is mostly pleasant because of how short and unusual it is. The plot for what it is, is about an apology from John to Karen for something insensitive he said to her the night before. The fact that John is a massive bear and Karen is a tiny penguin is just an aside because, like all of us idiot men, John has insensitively criticised Karen for being different from him, rather than appreciating her for her different strengths. And that's about the size of it.

It is not brilliant by any means but the juxtaposition of the two animals is immediately amusing and the frosty air of their relationship is well observed. The film doesn't make a fuss of the animals being what they are, being in a relationship or indeed living in a house and this is part of the appeal as it creates an amusing air. It doesn't really deliver much on top of this but, at three minutes length, it does do enough to bemuse and amuse, which was enough for me.

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