Western Animation: The Reward

From Level Zero to Level Badass in 9:01 minutes.

"The Reward" is a short film that was created by students of the Danish animation school The Animation Workshop as their bachelor project. After its release in January 2013, it went viral within days of going online, gaining a lot of attention on Tumblr.

Its popularity is largely based on its epicness and play with familiar fantasy tropes. The awesome music doesn't hurt either.

The short can be watched in full length here

The Kickstarter campaign to develop the short's universe into a more complete and coherent narrative wrapped up on April 6th, 2013, and the creators are currently working to build "Tales of Alethrion" into a full-fledged series.

Tropes found in The Reward include: