To give an inanimate object an appearance of movement is what all animation is all about. But this simple definition doesn't explain the emotions we feel when these movements together form a story or the magic it creates on screen. Animated movies are not only delightful for the kids but even adults derive joy from them. The era of silent movies has gone and we wish it'd make a comeback soon because when you see all the deeper meanings behind a movie all the emotions when you are not distracted by the dialogs. Short movies are harder to make because you have to tell a meaningful story in the shortest time possible. Bear Story is a visually stunning amalgamation of all that.
The story is about a bear (yes, we know you got that from the title) who is a kinetograph vendor who showcases a diorama story. The story he showcases is about a bear and its family who were separated because of a circus (shame on humans). The bear, after a lot of hard work and training, manages to escape the life of the circus and makes his way home only to find it in tatters.
This is a simple story within a story told in a span of 10 minutes manages to keep you enchanted for each of them. You feel the pain of separation, the thrill of escape and the disappointment when he comes home through the small peephole into their lives. The animation is expertly done with the natural aspects like the sun rays and the sharp contrast with the mechanical objects that show the story via a kinetograph. Gabriel Osorio Vargas has done an excellent job and he is well-deserving of all the praise and the Academy Award this short film won. If you haven't seen the short film yet, watch it here.