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What to know: Amazing how energetic a bottle cap can be! Watch the countless ways to repurpose this everyday object.
METAMORPHOSIIS OF A BOTTLE CAP, THE is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 5-12
6 minutes
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Highly recommended for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival! It's amazing how energetic a bottle cap can be! There are so many countless ways to repurpose this everyday object. Who knew it could be so useful?

Bottle caps become an important part of the landscape in this animated film. Suddenly they get incorporated into a checker game, then they function as wheels and tires for a bottle car, and later they fit nicely into wind chimes as well as facial masks worn by the local citizens.

At the opening of this film, the colorful drawings of leaves and masks immediately set the ambiance for upcoming scenes from Africa. The constructed set of the desert and jungle have a very realistic looking sandy texture. The bottle caps, when rolling through the sand, leave little tire tracks behind. It is a very clever type of animation.

I enjoyed the anthropomorphic nature of the bottle caps. They travel around the countryside seeking adventure and new experiences, just like a curious human might do. The stop motion animated format also features intricate handmade puppets that dance gleefully in the sand. The musical score is very suitable, with African tribal music in the background. My favorite part is the sand crab playing with the bottle caps. His manual dexterity is amazing.

The message of this film is to recycle everyday "waste objects" as much as possible. Help preserve our beautiful environment and save the planet! Have fun in the process! I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Jeff M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.

This is a stop motion animated film which incorporates handmade puppets and illustrations. Set in a developing nation this short film focuses on the repeated reuse of an object highlighting the creativity and ingenuity of the local people and is an example of the positive affects of cross-cultural exposure. Most of the film props, sets and characters were made with local repurposed materials, a process inspired by living and working in Africa.
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