“Tezcatlipoca” by Robin George

Tezcatlipoca is a three minute animated short from 2009 by Robin George, inspired by the music from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and the Aztec myth of Tezcatlipoca, a “deity who descends from heaven in the form of a jaguar”. This was George’s senior thesis at Southern Adventist University’s School of Visual Art and Design. The animation department there is run by Disney veteran animator, Hendel Butoy (The Black Cauldron, Fantasia 2000). The school is currently producing an animated feature about The Life of Christ.

(Thanks, Jim Turner)


  • http://www.youtube.com/user/VujadeEntertainment#p/u/0/3HaupcJwAdk Steve Schnier

    Nicely done. The visuals are great. It all suits the music, but the whole film is crying out for “sweetening”.

    It would be great if the jungle foliage were moving in the opening shots. Even having one leaf rustle in the breeze would add so much life to it.

    The audio really needs sound effects to bring it to life. Claws scraping on rock. Jaguar growls. The sound of wind, volcanoes, etc.

    Audio is 50% of any film. That would boost it from “Nicely done” to “WOW!”

  • Abel

    I don’t know… I’m pretty wow about the animation.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/VujadeEntertainment#p/u/0/3HaupcJwAdk Steve Schnier

    The animation is great. No question about it. But the sound has been overlooked – and frankly, it’s an inexpensive fix.

    Great sound can save a bad movie. Likewise, poor sound can sink a great one.

  • Mark

    And too much sound can ruin a good movie or show (cartoon network, most animated features).

  • http://hueboxx.blogspot.com Jim

    I think Robin wanted to keep it in the same vein as Fantasia, with music only.

  • tgentry

    Beautiful! I agree about the sound, it could really give the great animation a whole lot of extra umph.

  • Dave

    No, I like the silence. Agree, gorgeous animation. The ending seems a bit derivative of Night on Bald Mountain though.

    And thank god we have the sun to save us from lava-inducing, apocalyptic Aztec deities.

  • red pill junkie

    If I had been consulted, I would have suggested that in the end the jaguar appeared with black smoke coming out of each spot, and then transformed into statue of shiny obsidian, instead of volcanic rock.

    The reason for this is because Tezcatlipoca was also addressed as “The Lord of the Smoky Mirror”, or “The Lord of the Obsidian Mirror”.

    Nevertheless it was majestic :)