THE DAY THAT DEATH FELL IN LOVE WITH LIFE: THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HAND DRAWN VIDEO
This is an entire hand-drawn short video by Marsha Onderstijn, an animator from the Netherlands. This video follows a fun representation of death. Death appears as a cute spectre wearing a skull as a mask. Death is going through a forest when it sees a dear. There is a prolonged sense of longing as Death projects a sense of loneliness. Everything Death touches dies.
A really well-done video, done entirely by hand which is a rarity these days. Most animated videos are products of massive production lines and computer projections This video has been received warmly at various animation festivals. It was even featured on the EYE film DVD of Selected Dutch Shorts.
The idea that death is in love with life, and that is why Death takes living beings, isn’t a new idea. That doesn’t stop it from being a fun concept!
This version of Death is softer than most, metaphorically relating a more ‘human’ side of Death. It would make sense that Death is a sad spirit, with an unquenchable desire for contact and communication. We fear and hate the idea of death if everyone hated you it would colour your character strangely as well.