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Moon Breath Beat is a 1980 animated short film by Lisze Bechtold.

This experimental five-minute short film features a woman and her two cats. In a series of surreal transitions, the woman and the two cats morph and shift into many different objects, from abstract patterns to other animals. Their world changes and morphs around them as well, but the shapes always eventually transform back into the woman and her two cats.


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  • Deranged Animation: A series of surreal transitions as the images change shape and identity. At one point the woman's fingernails become storks, which shoot out at the cats.
  • The Man in the Moon: At one point the woman and the cats morph into the man in the moon, who blows another world out of his mouth. Then later he reappears and sucks them back up.
  • No Plot? No Problem!: The short doesn't have a story. It's just a series of dreamlike, sometimes creepy images.
  • Repeat Cut: When the cats are eating the storks that have turned into bugs, they snatch the bugs out of the air, and this action is repeated three times. Later, when the storks/bugs are eating the cats out from the inside, this is also repeated three times.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: At one point in the video the woman is walking around naked.
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  • Silence Is Golden: No dialogue.
  • White Void Room: All the animation is done against a white void background.
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