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BIRDS, THE

What to know: Showcases the beauty of birds in an unconventional and intriguing artistic style.
BIRDS, THE is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 10-18
5 minutes
VIDEO
JOE CHANG
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The Birds showcases the beauty of birds in an unconventional and intriguing art style! The quirky ink-washed animation is beautiful, creating its own character and tone. The real bird sounds pull the audience into the natural ambiance while keeping them on their toes with the original visuals.

The film features birds sitting on branches in a polished black and white colorized style with actual audio from nature's flyers tweeting in the background. Filmmaker Joe Change creates visual effects by mixing natural with fabricated images that gives us an overall sense of peacefulness.

All four minutes of the short consist of birds sitting on branches or searching for water. There is no conflict, main character, or even a climax. I don't believe the goal that the creator is trying to reach is a storyline, but rather a calm break from every day media. The sound effects remind me of being in an aviary at the zoo. The bird sounds are so realistic and there's a large variety of them from eerie owl hoots to soft coos to loud crow caws. I think it's equally important to artistic bent of the film art because it balances the uniqueness of the art with familiar sounds. This film highlights the beauty of birds and the importance of connecting with nature. Even in unusual forms of animation, birds are still a wonder to behold. It made me want to embrace nature more and appreciate the sounds that animals make in the wild. My favorite part of the film are the sounds, because they remind me why people should appreciate everything nature has to offer, even down to bird songs.

I give The Birds 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, plus adults. It's certainly appropriate for young children, but I'm not sure how entertaining younger ones will find it. The production is a bit strange and dark, which may be scary for very young children. Reviewed by Abigail L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror

The Birds showcases the beauty of birds in an unconventional and intriguing art style! The quirky ink-washed animation is beautiful, creating its own character and tone. The real bird sounds pull the audience into the natural ambiance while keeping them on their toes with the original visuals.

The film features birds sitting on branches in a polished black and white colorized style with actual audio from nature's flyers tweeting in the background. Filmmaker Joe Change creates visual effects by mixing natural with fabricated images that gives us an overall sense of peacefulness.

All four minutes of the short consist of birds sitting on branches or searching for water. There is no conflict, main character, or even a climax. I don't believe the goal that the creator is trying to reach is a storyline, but rather a calm break from every day media. The sound effects remind me of being in an aviary at the zoo. The bird sounds are so realistic and there's a large variety of them from eerie owl hoots to soft coos to loud crow caws. I think it's equally important to artistic bent of the film art because it balances the uniqueness of the art with familiar sounds. This film highlights the beauty of birds and the importance of connecting with nature. Even in unusual forms of animation, birds are still a wonder to behold. It made me want to embrace nature more and appreciate the sounds that animals make in the wild. My favorite part of the film are the sounds, because they remind me why people should appreciate everything nature has to offer, even down to bird songs.

I give The Birds 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, plus adults. It's certainly appropriate for young children, but I'm not sure how entertaining younger ones will find it. The production is a bit strange and dark, which may be scary for very young children. Reviewed by Abigail L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror

Unspoken and free from any conventional set of characters, The Birds employs a unique ink washed style to offer a heartfelt, imploring of humankind to take the time to truly admire the beauty of birds and to connect with nature.
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