Dreamy and beautifully animated.
Review by: MiamiMovieCritic
Added: 8 years ago
Directed by Cara Antonelli, The Clocktower is a dreamy and beautifully animated student film about a tiny dancer. The movie is about finding your place in the world, though I’m not sure it contains a message that values curiosity and individualism.
The look of the film is like Pixar’s Up crossed with Dr. Seuss. Brightly colored balloons float past slanted rooftops, heading toward a big blue sky that’s etched with mysterious spiral shapes. In a clocktower, a petite girl dances gracefully. She becomes curious about what’s going on outside the clocktower, and when she stops dancing, the balloons stop in midair and the world turns gray. She discovers that she and she alone has the power to make things go back to normal.
Again, the theme of “learning your place” is somewhat troubling, but visually the film is aces. The sound design could have been more intricate; the lack of ambient sound when the girl comes out of the clocktower is especially jarring. Also, the theme font chosen for the credits is a little cheesy. You may not think that’s important, but too many filmmakers just slap a font on carelessly without stopping to consider how it affects the tone of the overall piece.
But I’m picking on The Clocktower. This is a very appealing short and it’s appropriate for all ages.