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Anna & Bella is an Academy Award-winning 1984 animated short film from The Netherlands, directed by Børge Ring.

Anna and Bella are two elderly sisters. Over some red wine they sit at a table and flip through a photo album, laughing merrily as they remember the good times they had growing up together. The mood grows darker, though, when Anna sees a photo of herself as a young woman canoodling with a handsome young man, and remembers how romantic heartbreak and jealousy drove her and Bella apart.


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  • Credits Gag: The credits for this cartoon start with the words "Filmed On Location."
  • Dead All Along: A servant enters to call the ladies to dinner—then turns around and flies away with the wings sticking out of his back. Anna and Bella then follow him, flapping their wings. They are both angels in heaven.
  • Dream Sequence: Anna has a dream where she transforms into several terrifying animals while venting her rage over losing the young man to Bella. Unfortunately she is driving the car while having this dream.
  • Framing Device: Anna and Bella, sitting around and guzzling red wine as they look over their photo album and laugh.
  • Gray Rain of Depression: Pouring rain as Anna sits alone in the car while the young man goes out with Bella.
  • Limited Animation: Zig-zagged. Sometimes the animation is drawn with fine detail, as with the girls in their youth and young womanhood. Sometimes it's quite a bit cruder. Sometimes the two are mixed, like when the kids dashing out of Anna and Bella's school are very crudely drawn blobs, followed by Anna and Bella drawn in fine detail.
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  • Match Cut: From the picture of Anna and Bella laughing together as children to a picture of them when they are elderly, laughing together in the same position.
  • Mime and Music-Only Cartoon: Except for Anna's angry shout of "Bella!" at the beginning to let the viewer know which is which.
  • Name and Name: Anna & Bella
  • Sibling Triangle: A wedge is driven between the two sisters when the young man that Anna is sweet on winds up going out with Bella.
  • Something Else Also Rises: Bella's sex with and orgasm from the handsome young man is symbolized by them flying up to space together and circling the moon, followed by Bella descending to earth with a dreamy look on her face.
  • Staggered Zoom: Starts with a closeup of a monster's face, then a couple of staggered zooms out to reveal that the monster has a naked woman in his clutches. Then the camera zooms out again to reveal that this is a comic book being read by Anna as she's sitting on the toilet.
  • Visual Pun:
    • Pre-teen Anna and Bella are skipping around in a field, when the flowers suddenly bloom. Then they suddenly bloom too, instantly developing hips and breasts as they Time Skip into puberty.
    • Then the horny boys who chase after them are symbolized by—bees.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Did Anna save Bella after the car accident? It would seem so, since they were both old ladies in heaven.
    • They both got married and started families and then died and went to heaven afterwards.
  • Winged Soul Flies Off at Death: Bella's soul starts spiraling up to heaven after the car accident. Anna grabs it and starts yanking it back down into Bella.
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