The Dam Keeper (2014) is an original animation of Tonko House, which made its premiere in the 2014 ‘Berlin International Film Festival‘ and ‘The New York International Children’s Film Festival‘.
Composed of over 8,000 soft hand-painted frames, this film is a celebration of both traditional and conventional animation.
The film followed the timeless fable of the dam keeper and the fox. Set in a desolate future, one small town’s survival is solely due to a large windmill dam that acts as a fan to keep out poisonous clouds. Despite bullying from classmates and an indifferent public, the dam’s operator, Pig, works tirelessly to keep the sails spinning to protect the town. When a new student, Fox, joins Pig’s class, everything begins to change.
“At that age, I was almost too short to look outside.”
The Dam Keeper (2014) is a short animated film that talks of society, responsibility, and friendship. It sends a message directly to the heart and explains how prejudices and relentlessness affect our roles in society. Like the Japanese haiku, this is a short poetic film that conveys very deep meaning.
The plot of the film expounds on how one is part of a whole, how our roles are vital in keeping a healthy society. It metaphorically shows how good friendships can still be formed amidst the cruel society.
While we are at a time where one tends to forget how to build good friendship, this film shows you an epiphany.
As we pay importance to the value of time, this 18-minute short film will strike your heart sharp. While there are no long narrative conversations or talks, this film will keep you engrossed in its beautifully hand-painted frames. The pristine and serene soundtrack gives it a consoling vibe which will keep you warm-hearted throughout the end.