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John and Karen

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ABOUT THE FILM

Polar bear John apologizes to penguin Karen. They renew their friendship over tea and biscuits. This delightful three-minute animation combines English warmth with a special sensibility and expressiveness.

Credit

DIRECTOR'S DATA

Nationality:
United Kingdom
Activities:
Matthews graduated from Newport College Wales with his first film Astronauts which went on to win ten awards including Best Student Film at the British Animation Awards and Best Graduation Film at Annecy International Animation Festival.
John and Karen is Matthews second film.
Screening / Award history:
-Ottawa IAF Aug 07 Won Best Television Animation For Adults
-Curta ISFF Nov 07 Won Special Jury Prize
-Uppsala ISFF Oct 07
-Fike ISFF Nov 07
-5th London SFF Jan 08

10 people voted

pequepower
2009-09-17 00:24:42

Just brilliant!

wordwitty
2009-08-21 00:30:53

Absolutely excellent. The set up and the finsih were great. Despite the surreal set up, you could cut the tension between these two friends with a knife.

Moogy Reister
2009-08-02 08:01:05

Great art work. Very imaginative and very funny!

sonibee
2009-02-18 11:06:06

I watched the nominated animation shorts yesterday at the Embarcadero Theater in San Francisco and this was definitely the one that made us laugh the most. I think most of us can relate to John and Karen, to me it seemed more of an intimate relationship rather than a friendship. Thanks, i really enjoyed it!

cheevo
2008-09-12 23:51:49

i like it!

snowyeti
2008-09-07 01:36:36

love it.

AMARoso
2008-06-09 06:30:32

Dude i watched your movie in Zagreb on animafest, i was a bit drunk and i lost myself i laughed out loud all the time in the cinema all people stared at me. The movie is halerious i kind of identify myself with the bear. Dude awesome

shaw
2008-05-30 15:29:27

視線の動かし方が上手いなーと思いました。

sosune
2008-05-26 17:32:42

sooooooooo cute. the shy polar bear and firm penguin really reverses roles. very well made and fills you up with a warm feeling after watching. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. NICELY DONE, Matthew.

さら
2008-05-20 14:13:15

This short film is so lovely. The chemistry between the timid big polar bear and the stable small penguin is amazing. Very good quality and heart-warming.