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Award-Winning Pixar-Like Short Shows You How Society Saps Your Creativity

By Yoon Sann Wong, 30 Mar 2017



There’s a saying, “School is where children’s love of learning goes to die.” This couldn’t ring truer for many educational systems today, where the main objective lies in producing effective clogs for the capitalist wheel.

Alikeis a short, dialogue-free Pixer-esque animation that not only reflects the bleakness of modern work culture, but also illustrates how society drains people of their creativeness.

The award-winning film is a passion project, made over the span of four years, by Madrid-based animators Daniel Martínez Lara and Rafa Cano Méndez. The enterprising duo used open source operational system Linux and free 3D rendering software Blender to create the animation. Since Lara teaches at Pepe-School-Land, he enlisted his ex-students to come on board as part of the production team.

Inspiration for the animation came from Lara and Méndez’s personal voyages into fatherhood. During a making-of interview, Lara explained, “Children turn your world upside-down…When you are a father, you often wonder what the best thing is for your children. This short intends to a reflection in that sense.”

Since its debut at the 2015 Mundos Digitales, Alike has bagged a slew of accolades. The short was recently published online and can now be enjoyed in its entirety below.

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[via Creators, video via Pepe School Land, images via video screenshot]
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