Alike is an animated short film that has gone viral. A thoughtful, gentle film about creativity and children, we think you’ll like it. Here’s why viral Short Film Alike is a Must Watch for Parents:
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Alike is directed by Daniel Martínez Lara and Rafa Cano Méndez and is a personal project that took 4 years, and is inspired by the experience of becoming fathers.
As creators Daniel and Raff point out, children can turn your life upside down. In an explainer video on the Alike Short website, Daniel says “When you become a father you often wonder ‘what is the best thing for your children’?”
Copi is a father who tries to teach the right way to his son, Paste. (Get it? Copy and paste?). Copi goes to work while Paste goes to school.
In the short film, we start to see what can happen when creativity is stifled instead of embraced. Copi is trying to do the right thing and show his son how to follow the rules and conform.
Paste draws wonderful drawings and funky alphabet characters at school but his teacher insists that he should be conforming and only writing letters.
Each day on the way to school and work they listen to a musician.
Colour is used with great effect in the short film, for example, most of the colours are grey, brown and black. Copi goes from being blue at the start of the day to turning grey. But every time Paste hugs his dad after school, he turns from grey to blue again.
There’s no dialogue, just music throughout but that’s part of the wonder of the film, you can totally understand what message it is trying to convey.
Allowing Your Child to be Creative
Many parents feel that school doesn’t allow creativity to thrive, it’s all about conforming.
We also are so busy making sure our kids behave, that sometimes we maybe forget to let kids be kids too.
Encouraging your child to find creative outlets outside of school is a good thing to foster that natural creativity that kids have.
You can find out more about the making of the film on the Alike Short website.
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