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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.

Due to the short's nature, there will be unmarked spoilers below.

This animated short provides examples of:

  • Ambiguous Ending: Done intentionally on behalf of the creator.
  • Armless Biped: It's subverted in that the kiwi 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!".
  • Call of the Wild Blue Yonder: The entire plot is based on Kiwi's ill-fated dream of flying.
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  • Determinator: The Kiwi. He's willing to spend his life nailing dozens of trees to the side of a cliff and jump off it just to achieve his dream, even if it lasts for less than a minute.
  • Driven to Suicide: This is implied as the kiwi jumps off the cliff.
  • Excited Show Title!: The exclamation mark on the end makes the one word a little more snappy.
  • Feet-First Introduction: The first scene of Kiwi is a shot on his feet.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: They certainly don't stop the tears...
  • Hammerspace: From whence he pulls an actual hammer, plus some nails.
  • Happy Dance: As he looks over the cliff one last time and sees all the trees he nailed down, the kiwi jumps up and kicks his feet together in excitement.
  • Last Note Nightmare: The thump at the end of the short.
  • Mood Motif: Very effective. A tuba plays for the kiwi's first appearance. A glockenspiel plays during his flight. A slowed down version of the same tune plays during the credits.
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  • Mood Whiplash: After the ending, we are once again treated to the title screen "Kiwi!", which comes off as inappropriately cheerful given the circumstances.
  • Not Quite Flight: It's falling off the side of a mountain with trees nailed to the side so as to simulate flight.
  • One-Word Title
  • Single Tear: The Kiwi sheds one as he lives his dream of flying.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: A glockenspiel plays while the Kiwi implicitly kills itself.
  • Tragic Dream: Kiwi's dream of being able to fly does not come true without the ultimate sacrifice.