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Web Animation / The Life of Death

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An interesting friendship

The Life of Death (also known as Death and the Deer) is a short film by Marsha Onderstijn. The short follows Death and his place in nature who befriends a Doe and their time throughout the seasons

Tropes for The Life of Death:

  • Big Sleep: When Death touches the bird, wolf, and a rabbit, they close their eyes as they die and looks as if they're falling asleep.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Death, for the a long time, managed to understand life and gets a friend for the first time in his long existence, however, while that does happen, he still has the natural order to keep.
  • Don't Fear The Reaper: This has a rather bittersweet but very heartbreaking twist on it.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: See the "Final First Hug" below
  • Environmental Symbolism: Usually, when Death is present and when something dies, the colors are usually darkened or muted, however, when something is alive, they are usually shown in light.
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  • Final First Hug: Death can't hug anything normally, as anything he touches would die, so, when the Doe he befriends is too weak to keep up with her herd, she gives Death one, dying in his arms.
  • Mayfly–December Friendship: Death and the Doe, as the latter eventually dies, while Death will continue, well, "being".
  • Mime and Music-Only Cartoon: We have the characters interacting in silence with music in the background.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Death certainly means no harm and what he does is what's to come with the territory, however, he wants to connect but, because of what he is and his purpose, he can't without anything dying.
  • Odd Friendship: Death and the Doe, as Death is, well, death and anything he touches will die, so, while he can be close to the Doe as far as proximity goes, he can't interact with her directly, while Doe is a deer that doesn't fear him, actually, she hangs out near him.
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  • Rule of Symbolism: According to Marsha, the Doe symbolizes life and how it contrasts to Death. In much a vein, we have the colors serving as a symbol, as when things are alive, they are bright or, to very least, somewhat vibrant, however, when they are are close to and are meeting their deaths, the colors the are muted. This is especially the case with ending when the Doe dies, as when Death hugs her, the colors start to dim before darkening (possibly signaling nightfall), as he lays her on the ground.