Adam and Dog (2012) Review | Jamie Daily

Adam and Dog (2012)
85th Academy Awards 2013
3/5 Stars
Nominated for 1 award.
Nominate for Best Animated Short Film (Minkyu Lee).
Watched October 8, 2013.

Adam and Dog is a cute 17 minute animated short about the first dog and the first man, who have inevitably been best friends since first encounter.  Well, at least the dog thinks so.

 

Dog has been wandering around the Garden of Eden, sniffing, eating, swimming, and sleeping.  He may or may not be searching for his purpose, but as soon as he encounters the tall, naked Adam, his life is fulfilled.

 

The only dialogue in the short is a brief conversation between man and dog, although it is more of a language that dogs would understand.  The rest is imagery and movement that communicate a simple story.  Adam’s other half is Eve, whereas dog’s other half is Adam.  They have a short time together just the two of them, but pretty soon Eve steps in and messes everything up for the pup.

 

It’s a cute, simple story told with a unique animation style.  My only complaint is its length.  There is a lot of stillness and repetitiveness that drags on a bit.  The relationship between Adam and dog is cute enough to the point that I got sad for dog when Eve showed up.  I appreciated the ending, which I won’t give away, but the beginning was way too long for my taste.

 

In the end, I probably won’t watch the short again, although I don’t consider my first viewing a waste of time.

 

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