January 23, 2015

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Betty Garcia

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Duet: Animated Short Film Worthy of Praise

With awards season still going on and the Oscar nominations recently announced, we wonder what it takes to make the cut. The short animated film Duet, by Glen Keane (former Disney animator, known for bringing to life such iconic characters as Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Ariel) was …

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With awards season still going on and the Oscar nominations recently announced, we wonder what it takes to make the cut. The short animated film Duet, by Glen Keane (former Disney animator, known for bringing to life such iconic characters as Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Ariel) was a sure contender for the Oscars but it wasn’t nominated.This may be in part due to the fact that Duet is an interactive art piece that is best to experience on a mobile phone and not on the traditional video screeners academy members are used to.

Duet, animated entirely and directed by Glen Keane, is part of Google ATAP’s Spotlight Stories, a series of interactive short films made exclusively for mobile devices. Duet is the first traditionally animated, hand-drawn film to be shown as a Spotlight Story. The film offers a glimpse into what’s possible on mobile devices through the convergence of art and technology.

For Duet, Keane crafted a tender story about a boy and a girl growing up and how their paths weave together creating a beautiful duet. The film is beautifully done, the characters move about and merge together in synch with the musical original score delighting the view each step of the way. “When I draw, I see my drawing… as a way for me to connect to you. I see drawing as a kind of seismograph of the soul, the lines representing how I feel, kinda like [how] the eyes are the window to the soul,” Keane said during his presentation of the film at the Google I/O conference.

In the interactive version of the story, the viewer  can follow the journey of either of the two characters from birth to adulthood. This version is only available on Motorola’s Moto phones for now and we don’t know whether it will be available on other devices. But no worries, you can check out the film right here:

If you enjoyed the film and are wondering how it was made you can also check out the making of video below:

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