“Lil’ Boy Bunyan” by Kyle Couture

Not sure if this is an anti-drug film, a warning against pedophilia, or both – but its Kyle Couture’s thesis film from the Kansas City Art Institute. Check it out:


  • Taylor

    It was alright. The Paul Bunyan fascination had potential. I was hoping he’d come to scare the kid straight upon needle insertion, but instead we went for the lazier route of an extended period of cycles and irrelevance.

    People are obviously always going to be inspired by their favorite shows/films/artists, but is it just me or does it seem like sooo many student/graduate films are just Adult Swim derivatives?

    Spice it up guys. You can do anything. Doesn’t just have to be nonsense, with characters with teeny cute facial proportions, highlight-laden pupils and wiry wiggle limbs.

    bums me out.

    • ryan

      You seem really confused, Taylor. Adult swim uses loops, so loops are lazy?

      You requested “wiry wiggle limbs” so let me point you to the Brew post that immediately preceded this one.

      The Rubber Hose animation tumblr is advertised with a loop! Loops are all over these types of classics, and they’re great!

  • Allen

    Some of the cycles ran a little long, but the ending was great

  • An Observer

    Sorry, if this is all I had produced after attending art school I would kill myself. Honestly people this was crap. Do any schools actually teach actual drawing skills and animation nowadays? It felt like it was done just to say “yeah here is my thesis”. cycle after cycle, I could go on and on but this just shows me schools are failing or that people nowadays cannot actually animate their way out of a bag.

    • What?!

      What is the matter with you?

      This, while it’s not the best student film, is not crap. Clearly Kyle still has much more to learn about animated film making, but to suggest that he should kill himself is monstrous!

      Art schools do have many failings and one of the biggest ones is that students and teachers just don’t know how to criticize properly.

      If you would like to benefit the animation community I would suggest you stop being a bully and learn to articulate your thoughts in effective and beneficial way.

    • Eva Louise H.

      Thanks for the “end all be all” comment. As a recent graduate with an animation degree from art school I find your comment to be an irritating and inaccurate one (on MANY levels) to say the least. An opinion is one thing, but to assert that you have the vast amount of knowledge and authority to make such a blanket statement is a bit of a stretch, and your little insult to not only Kyle C. but apparently all animation education in general isn’t helping anyone.

      Your criticism wasn’t harsh and to the point, is was ridiculously rude for the sake of rant and poorly articulated. And no, I would not use Kyle C.’s film as an example of how schools “are failing” or how “people nowadays cannot actually animate their way out of a bag.” It was an undergraduate film that shows more potential for inspiring others than you demonstrated with your commen.

      I would also like to say that it made me laugh! There were some key moments in this film that were absolutely brilliant. Thanks for posting this. A beautiful effort, Kyle! Keep it up.

    • Gobo

      An Observer, if you feel Kyle should commit suicide because you dislike his thesis project — which I thought was funny and had a great style — then please, bless us with what you’ve produced so that we may evaluate your live choices as well.

  • derik

    For the record, the AI that I attended had no thesis. It was basically, make a demo-reel. There was no grad-film, thesis, or anything just a demo-reel.

    This animation is way better than half the animators I attended school with.

  • http://zeteos.blogspot.com/ mick

    I think the smart money would be on neither attacking nor defending this short. It is what it is. I wouldn’t say it is crap but I certainly wouldn’t say it is a beautiful effort.

  • Oz

    It had a beginning, middle and end. That puts it ahead of 90% of the student films out there. And it came out of Kansas City! Walt Disney would be proud that a film on pedophilia and smack abuse emerged from his filmic birthplace. Harman and Ising, not so much.

  • Tin Man

    Aside from the tempered and thoughtful comments and retorts posted here, what a shortsighted and mean-spirited thread (well, this is the internet afterall…armchair experts galore)!

    From my research:

    _The Kansas City Art Institute was opened in 1885 and is in no way affiliated with the national chain of AI schools.

    _The animation department was started in 2005 and has graduated a steady flow of talented students currently working throughout the industry ever since – including 3 students who somehow, despite apparently not being force-fed some kind of antiquated concept of learning the “proper” way to draw or animate (where’s that written down exactly?), managed to win a Student Academy Award in 2010.

    It takes more courage to self-produce and actualize a film – free from the omnipresent dogmatic confines of commercially driven, conformist mega-media – than it does to blast out a negative screed of criticism overt the internet.

    If the underlying assumption is that animation, or art for that matter, has been officially defined and a clear set of rules and quality-controlled (manufactured) criticisms established, what’s the point of moving forward? Go re-ha$h the past over and over again. Is there no room for raw self expression? Experimentalism?

    To me, the true nature of the medium regects all categories and boxes. This looks like a great first effort from a young artist. How about some effing encouragement for a change?