I mentioned this short film by Adam Elliot recently in my post about Christmas Eve, and was delighted to find that the entire film is now posted on YouTube, so I just had to share with my readers here. Adam Elliot is a remarkable animator and short film maker, perhaps one of Australia's best, given that this wonderful effort earned him the 2004 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. I've seen others he's done on the Sundance Channel, but this is the one I keep coming back to and loving every time I see it. It's only about 20 minutes long, but packs a lot of punch into it, chronicling the life of Harvie Krumpet from his humble beginnings in Poland (pre-WWII) to his later (and final) years in Australia.
This is a short film of remarkable humanity and compassion for its subject ... although there are moments of truly hilarious circumstances, the overall trajectory of his life is curiously tragicomic, yet ultimately life reaffirming. I think that all of us can see someone we have known (or will know) in this film and it may help us to put things into proper perspective at some point. But until such moments, just enjoy Harvie Krumpet for what it is ... it's a great little film and just don't answer the iron when it rings!