Canadian-born, Tokyo-based artist Brent Forrest’s Samurai Frog Golf recently landed on Youtube, after premiering last month at SIGGRAPH.
In the film, a retired frog samurai hits the links for a relaxing round of golf. Wanting little more than a relaxing day out, things quickly turn violent for the character when a recently hatched baby turtle falls under his care and into the gaze of a pack of hungry warrior-birds.
Samurai Frog Golf requires no dialogue to tell a story that is not only self-contained and well thought out, but proposes a much larger world and history that leaves us wanting to know more. It’s clear that our protagonist has led a life full of adventure. Visual cues like a missing leg and a scarred face offer a more direct look into the character’s past, but his demeanor, facial expressions, and exacerbated sighs offer equally as much insight into the psyche of our stoic hero.