The Ribbon

by Polla-Ilariya Kozino



“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”
                                                                                                                         Edgar Allan Poe



                Animation films are productions where a lot of effort is spent on them and are much more complicated than a typical film. The script, design, animation, voiceover and music should be in complete harmony. Since there is no live performance, the slightest defect can ruin the whole movie. However, Ribbon did an excellent job in this sense. It turned into a tremendous short film with a high-quality animation, appropriate sound effects and atmosphere appropriate music.


                This animation film has some minor flaws in terms of cinematography. For example, instead of choosing the "fade in" technique for the beginning of this film, a different method could have been used. For example, the little girl could open her eyes, or we could see the character in a different place with a sound/music. It was a simple opening scene for such a beautiful animation. We have to state that we find the movie a little short. More action or events related to the little girl could have been presented. Almost a third of the movie is "credits" section.


                The most impressive part of animation films are their soundtracks. Music is the most striking element in every single screen work, especially in which there is no speech, where emotions are tried to be conveyed through images. Jonathan Galland, whom we have known for his various works (such as Exploring the Pacific Northwest), has done an outstanding job. Music within the fiction supports the script, and there is no narration that the music suppresses. The musical element has been used as an utterly supportive element. Especially the composition at the end of the movie is also very suitable for the nature of the film.


                The Ribbon is a well above average short film in terms of drawing technique, fiction and especially music. When the movie is over, you say "I wish it had a little longer". The scenario understood from the first moments and the predicted finale could be made more mysterious by extending the duration of the movie a little longer. A few more exciting events, especially the little girl's experience, could be added. Nevertheless, it should be appreciated as a successful animated film in its current form. Finally, we would like to state that we love the poster of the movie as well.