Tarboy: Short Film Review

Irrespective of the subject, animated musicals are often dismissed as being aimed at children. But hey, you don’t need to be below a certain age to enjoy an entertaining short film; especially if it happens to be one of the most exciting productions of this century.

The most epic bedtime story of all time unfolds in Tarboy, a sleek and stylish animated short. A man begins telling his robot grandson about a time when the greedy Fat Cats ruled the world. They relentlessly made their poor slaves work, until the day they decided to toss all of them into a tar pit. All the slaves though turn into a unified being called Tarboy, and he’s all set to wreak havoc!

Tarboy is a brilliant short film that features sharp action and brilliant animation. Though the story is fairly simple, it is presented in a way that makes it a million times more riveting. The storytelling style, combined with the stellar animation and the music, makes Tarboy one of the sharpest musicals of all time.

The short film‘s real brilliance lies in its simplicity. The animation in Tarboy isn’t over-the-top. In fact, a lot of parts only feature silhouettes. The story isn’t particularly complex either. In a world where simplicity is so hard to find, this is refreshing. Tarboy isn’t the next big animated series or a film that will stay with you for hours after it’s over. It is, however, a fast-paced entertainer that you must not miss.

Luckily for us, animator and creator James Lee is rumored to be working on more films about Tarboy. We can’t wait! Until then, there’s only one way to find out if Tarboy succeeds in his mission:

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