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SKYFALL (ALBERTO GARCIA)

What to know: Animated commentary about society's careless attitudes about air pollution and how to solve it.
SKYFALL (ALBERTO GARCIA) is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-18
2 minutes
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ALBERTO GARCIA
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Wow! This short student-produced animated film makes a commentary summing up society's careless attitudes about air pollution and suggests a great way to help solve the problem. I love how the environment fights back to ensure its own survival!

This film illustrates how air pollution is caused by car engine exhaust as well as cigarette smoke. Mindless people leave their car engines running needlessly, while they blab on their cell phones. Clouds in the sky, choking on the fumes, politely ask the drivers to turn off their cars. They get mocked by the mean humans. In response, the clouds suck the drivers right out of their vehicles and later spit them out elsewhere.

The simple, one-line animated figures and objects are delightful in their very flexible movements. The director's use of single black lines is very effective in showing negative emotions, such as sneering by a driver and the resulting anger and frustration of the cloud.

My favorite part of this film is the vacuum hose technique utilized by the clouds. I also enjoyed how the extracted drivers are later deposited onto an alternate form of non-polluting transportation.

The message here is about respecting our fragile environment and getting healthful exercise at the same time. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, as well as adults. You should know the dialogue is in Spanish with English sub-titles.

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