Review - 'Molly' (Viddsee - TBS DigiCon6 Animation Series)


SINdie reviews a small selection of animation shorts from the recent TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System) DigiCon6 Award animation entries from Singapore. You can actually watch all 19 entries from the Viddsee website here. To find out more about the competition, check out our previous introduction.

First up is Molly. Molly is directed by Muhammad Arfandi, Grace Ho, Timotheus Teo, Muhammad Irzad, Ham Shi Ying, Ng Tse Pei, Goh Cher See. You can watch Molly via this link.

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About hope and dreaming big, this simple five minute animation is about a house pet cat helping Molly, the fish to return back to the sea. With a straightforward storyline, this animation definitely warmed my heart.

With the adorable nature of the characters and the use of vivid bright colours, I think the animation will mainly appeal to young audiences. However, there are definitely qualities that draw this clip away from a typical children cartoon episode.

With the great use of transition between different scenes, the change in setting is seamless and not abrupt. One minute you are admiring the beautiful life under the sea and before you know it, you are back in the fish tank with Molly. This provides an element of surprise and keeps the audience engaged and eager to figure out what is going on, without making the journey bumpy and uncomfortable.
The use of various perspectives gave the story more insight to the background of the city the story was taking place in as well as more visual candy for your eyes to feast on. Not only that, but the change in perspectives allow the audience to view the action from various places – keeping things interesting and exciting.

However, the element that attracted me the most in this animation will be the strong use of visual communication. Even though no words were communicated throughout the clip, other than occasional purrs, the emotions were clearly communicated with the use of body language and the eyes of the characters. I liked this because the animators tried to stick to the true nature of animals instead of making them more human.

Opening my eyes to details and wordless communication, this is definitely a lovable animal adventure that is worth your time.

Review by Dawn Teo

Dawn has dabbled in the arts since young and doing theatre since she was 14 and she has been a part of more than ten productions locally. Just completing an editorial internship with Youth.SG, Dawn hopes to write more to hone her skills in expressing herself through words. 





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