Web Animation: Kiwi!

Kiwi! is an animated short made for creator Dony Permedi's master's thesis in animation. It tells the story of a very determined kiwi bird who works to accomplish his dream. At only two minutes and thirty seconds long, it might have the shortest "start-to-tearjerk" ratio of any cartoon around.

Watch it on Youtube here. Bring tissues.


This animated short provides examples of:

  • Ambiguous Ending: Done intentionally on behalf of the creator.
  • Armless Biped: Well, it is about a Kiwi. He seems to be able to do most things he wants, but obviously not everything...
    • Subverted - he does actually have tiny little wings.
  • Bittersweet Ending: He gets what he wants in the end, but at a pretty steep cost.
  • Bookends: Starts and ends with a title card displaying the word "Kiwi!".
  • The Determinator: The Kiwi, definitely.
  • Driven to Suicide: Implied. Kind of.
  • Excited Show Title!: The exclamation mark on the end makes the one word a little more snappy.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: They certainly don't stop the tears...
  • Hammer Space: From whence he pulls an actual hammer, plus some nails.
  • Mood Motif: Very effective. A tuba plays for the kiwi's first appearance. A glockenspiel plays during his flight. Cue the tears. A slowed down version of the same tune plays during the credits.
  • Mood Whiplash: After the you-know-what at the end, we are once again treated to the title screen "Kiwi!", which comes off as inappropriately cheerful given the circumstances...
  • Single Tear: The Kiwi sheds one as he lives his dream of flying.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: A glockenspiel plays while the Kiwi implicitly kills itself.