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MY TAGALONG

What to know: Wonderful animation style and wholesome storyline with vibrant colors and cartoonish style.
MY TAGALONG is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-18
7 minutes
VIDEO
JERRY WANG
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I love the animation style and storyline of the short student film My Tagalong! The vibrant colors and cartoonish style are perfect for a child audience and make for a great viewing experience. I especially love the illumination of the Gemini signs on the brothers' foreheads. The storyline is very wholesome and told in a way that is neither preachy nor too light.

The storyline centers on two Gemini brothers and their escapades around the world, from continent to continent. The older brother wants to enjoy the trip by himself, but his younger brother follows him everywhere and meddles in his fun.

It's an interesting story. I like the overarching theme and moral of the film, which is very positive.

I like the concept of two alien brothers traveling the Earth and exploring new places - that might be the sci-fi and adventure fan in me talking. It is fascinating to see how Jerry Wang animated all of the scenes as unique and distinguishable from one another. Several shots are absolutely stunning and captivating. My favorite shot is the confrontation scene with the protective boar - the high-speed action is captured, it seems, to relish every moment and imprint it in the viewer's mind, from the minute texture details of light scratches to the tusks of the wild boar. As both of the brothers are Gemini aliens, their clothing and overall look suits them. I love the clearly outlined, pointy cloaks and spiked hair - the attention to detail is obvious here. I love all the intricate detail that went into designing every location in this short film - the African savanna, the swamps, the starry night-sky, the Gemini planet and the forest - the use of color is very clever and every place pops in a different way.

The music of this film is by a Chinese artist and has great personality! The film begins with bright, medium-tempo and medium-volume music. When the climax is reached, the music grows in volume, pace, and intensity. Afterwards, it slowly recedes to a calming lull for the resolution. I also like the sound effects - the sparkles, thumps, roars, grunts and rain sounds are all very realistic and enhance the viewing experience even more. The animation is what drives this short film though; it's meticulously crafted and an absolute sight to behold. The smooth transitions and realistic action sequences (no walking like an Egyptian here!) are also wonderful. I especially like how the animation, together with the music, brings the characters even further to life. Jerry Wang is the director, writer, and producer of the film, and provides most of the human sound effects as well. Wang's producing skills stand out the most; it's evident the film is neatly tailored, the idea is well thought out, and the characters are deep from the moment you press play.

The message of the film is: siblings are your best friends from birth, so try to never do anything to harm them. They always have your back, after all. It does contain one act of violence, though not realistic, when a boar gores the younger brother. Though it is unrealistic and there is no blood or gore, viewer discretion is advised.

I love the change in the character of the older brother - from a slightly self-centered and perpetually annoyed at the beginning of the short film, he becomes a kind, sweet kid.

I give My Tagalong 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. It has a beautiful message, fun animation, and characters who you'll grow to know and love through the six minutes of the short film. It would make a great addition to a film festival. Reviewed by Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

I love the animation style and storyline of the short student film My Tagalong! The vibrant colors and cartoonish style are perfect for a child audience and make for a great viewing experience. I especially love the illumination of the Gemini signs on the brothers' foreheads. The storyline is very wholesome and told in a way that is neither preachy nor too light.

The storyline centers on two Gemini brothers and their escapades around the world, from continent to continent. The older brother wants to enjoy the trip by himself, but his younger brother follows him everywhere and meddles in his fun.

It's an interesting story. I like the overarching theme and moral of the film, which is very positive.

I like the concept of two alien brothers traveling the Earth and exploring new places - that might be the sci-fi and adventure fan in me talking. It is fascinating to see how Jerry Wang animated all of the scenes as unique and distinguishable from one another. Several shots are absolutely stunning and captivating. My favorite shot is the confrontation scene with the protective boar - the high-speed action is captured, it seems, to relish every moment and imprint it in the viewer's mind, from the minute texture details of light scratches to the tusks of the wild boar. As both of the brothers are Gemini aliens, their clothing and overall look suits them. I love the clearly outlined, pointy cloaks and spiked hair - the attention to detail is obvious here. I love all the intricate detail that went into designing every location in this short film - the African savanna, the swamps, the starry night-sky, the Gemini planet and the forest - the use of color is very clever and every place pops in a different way.

The music of this film is by a Chinese artist and has great personality! The film begins with bright, medium-tempo and medium-volume music. When the climax is reached, the music grows in volume, pace, and intensity. Afterwards, it slowly recedes to a calming lull for the resolution. I also like the sound effects - the sparkles, thumps, roars, grunts and rain sounds are all very realistic and enhance the viewing experience even more. The animation is what drives this short film though; it's meticulously crafted and an absolute sight to behold. The smooth transitions and realistic action sequences (no walking like an Egyptian here!) are also wonderful. I especially like how the animation, together with the music, brings the characters even further to life. Jerry Wang is the director, writer, and producer of the film, and provides most of the human sound effects as well. Wang's producing skills stand out the most; it's evident the film is neatly tailored, the idea is well thought out, and the characters are deep from the moment you press play.

The message of the film is: siblings are your best friends from birth, so try to never do anything to harm them. They always have your back, after all. It does contain one act of violence, though not realistic, when a boar gores the younger brother. Though it is unrealistic and there is no blood or gore, viewer discretion is advised.

I love the change in the character of the older brother - from a slightly self-centered and perpetually annoyed at the beginning of the short film, he becomes a kind, sweet kid.

I give My Tagalong 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. It has a beautiful message, fun animation, and characters who you'll grow to know and love through the six minutes of the short film. It would make a great addition to a film festival. Reviewed by Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

A story about two Gemini brothers' journey on the earth. The Older brother wants to enjoy the trip himself, but his younger brother always follows him and makes a lot of troubles.
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