“Based On A True Story” by Jacob Kafka

Don’t let the deceptively simple character design fool you – this sweet little film from New York animator Jacob Kafka won me over with its charm. Are they teaching sweetness and charm in film school these days? This was Kafka’s senior thesis; he recently graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Rough animated in Flash, inked/colored in Photoshop, composited in After Effects, 3D elements animated in Blender and rotoscoped in Photoshop – it’s a warm little children’s fable about a little girl trying to dig her way to the moon, and her adventures along the way. And I think you’ll like it:


  • http://www.dittybox.co.nz gavin mouldey

    very very sweet.

  • Christopher Smigliano

    Nice twist at the end! Never saw that done in a cartoon before!

  • Charlie

    Watching this makes me miss being a kid.

  • http://pierrefontaine.webs.com Pierre

    That was just lovely! The wizard walking around the moon reminded me a bit of The Little Prince. Kafka has done a really superb job of giving a child’s imagination a voice.

  • http://cxapeloj.blogspot.com/ Simmon

    Love it! I giggled like a school girl when the tower opened up.

  • Teebeem

    I really enjoyed watching this!

  • http://cargocollective.com/jlrbworks juan luis ruiz b (borrego)

    Wow, this is fantastic, made me feel like a kid.

  • Spencer

    What enchantment!

  • http://signorestudios.blogspot.co.uk/ Christopher

    I ought-right refuse to compare this to any Adventure Time / Ward Kimball production…because this short has a charm and wit all of its own. Very likeable characters with fantastic animation in a simple yet creative storyline. Well done to Jacob!