Tuesday 25 October 2016

WATCH: Heart-warming short film earns 59 awards, a Disney contract and more than one million views online

Inspiring short film 'The Present' has been viewed more than a million times on YouTube

Catherine Devine

Published 09/05/2016 | 16:35

More than one million people have watched the video on YouTube.
More than one million people have watched the video on YouTube.

A typical teenage boy who plays violent video games and is annoyed by his mother is the star of an emotional short video that has won 59 awards, a Disney contract and the hearts of viewers.

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'The Present’ shows the young boy receiving a present of a disabled puppy from his mother. The boy is less than impressed and wants nothing to do with the three-legged dog.

It may not sound like a film that would tug at heartstrings, but the end has viewers melting.



The short video was inspired by a comic book strip by Brazilian artist Fabio Coala Cavalcanti and was made into a short film by Jacob Frey and Markus Kranzler. These students created in back  in 2014 as part of a graduation programme in a German college.

The film went on to win 59 awards worldwide including Best Animated Short from Summer Slam Film Festival and Best Animation from the Los Angeles Film Festival.

The film isn’t only award-winning, it also landed the creators some of the best jobs in animation. Today, Frey works at Walt Disney Animation Studios and Kranzler at Pixar Animation Studios.

Not bad for two college graduates!

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