I discovered this piece while on a search for different styles of digital 2D animation.
It was created as a student project by Andrey Shushkov (Андрей Шушков) in 2010.
What struck me the most about this work was the very unique and stylised visual style, with every character and background element of importance portrayed as a silhouette, with a rich and intense lightsource flooding the background in a strong and vivid bloom, providing depth and dimension to the scenes through various tints. Personally, I’d say that the visual style is the most powerful asset of the animation- it’s unique and bold, and it only enhances the piece.
I feel the quality of the animation, the kinematics, is of a lower standard than the visuals themselves; despite the puppet-like aesthetic of the video, the motion periodically appears quite choppy, though it is possible it is purely due to the YouTube encode (I have seen this happen quite often, with 60FPS encodes being the prime target). If the motion was smoother, the stylistic aesthetic would’ve been a great asset for this animation; I’m not a fan of this style, but I can’t hold it against the author as it’s a deliberate, subjective choice- it simply would not be fair to put that much stake into subjectivity.
Where the animation suffers greatly, I feel, is sound. Neither the soundtrack, nor the effects really add to the experience for me here. They’re there, and they help, but they don’t particularly embellish the scenes or enhance the atmosphere. They’re definitely better than the video simply being mute, but the sound is sparse, and the silence in between is quite bothersome, drawing more attention to how sparse the sound actually is, making it a very vicious circle indeed. The sound assets almost make the animation seem unfinished; not quite, but close.
Overall, I felt that the animated piece has its flaws as well strengths; it’s not for everyone, but I’d recommend at least a single watch.