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This short was shown at the start of Wreck It Ralph but, if I'd known, I would have paid full ticket price for this alone.

Magnificent, beautiful and heartfelt, it reminded me of both the works of Makoto Shinkai and the first 8 or so minutes of Up and if you've seen either of those you should have an idea of how good this must be. It's incredible how such a simple story -a guy meets a girl at the train station, falls in Love At First Sight, then goes to extreme lengths to meet her again, only eventually succeeding thanks to The Power Of Love- can be told in such a short time with no dialogue and yet be so deep and so moving, as well as so funny and so beautiful simply to look at. You can't even bring yourself to apply Fridge Logic regarding George's actions (he's met this woman for about a minute and didn't even say a word to her) because it just feels so right, like a modern-day fairy tale. I nearly cried.

Animated shorts before feature presentations are an old idea that has mostly died out these days, but this is the kind of work that justifies their existence. I can only hope we see more of its kind. Simply wonderful.


  • Tuckerscreator
  • 6th Jan 13
Aww. Yes, it remind me a lot of those scenes from Up! I think I should like to check out this Shinkai artist now. Do you recommend any of theirs?
  • ArcaneAzmadi
  • 16th Jan 13
ABSOLUTELY. Voices Of A Distant Star, his first major work, is still probably his best, but The Place Promised In Our Early Days, Five Centimeters Per Second and Children Who Chase Lost Voices are all also worth checking out.

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