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More is a 1998 animated short film (six minutes) by Mark Osborne.

A little stylized humanoid creature (he looks like a taller, skinnier E.T.) works a soul-numbing dead-end job in a factory. Ironically, his job is assembling some sort of colorful pleasure device called "Happy". His only solace is his childhood memories of spilling on a merry-go-round in the park.

One day his tyrant of a boss fires him. The little man is determined to show his boss up. He's a tinkerer, and after he's fired he invents an even better pleasure device called "Bliss". The Bliss device gets him power and riches, but with some surprising consequences.


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  • Art Shift: While the bulk of the shift is done in "claymation" Stop Motion, the "Bliss" fantasy sequences are in 2-D cel animation.
  • Augmented Reality: The "Bliss" device allows one to see an altered reality in bright, happy colors. So if you're a factory drone and a gray supervisor is barking angrily at you, you can look through the Bliss device and instead you'll see a man in bright primary colors waving at you cheerfully.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: The depressed little man invents his "Bliss" device. It gets him fame, power, and riches—and he becomes a lonely asshole of a boss, barking angrily at his worker drones like the boss used to bark angrily at him when he was a worker drone.
  • Call-Back: The film opens with the little man dreaming of spinning on a merry-go-round as a child. At the end, as he sits lonely and unhappy in his office, he looks out and sees...little kids spinning on a merry-go-round.
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  • Deliberately Monochrome: Actually the film is in color, but the world that it depicts is all in gray—the man, the vehicles, the buildings.
  • Irony: The intensely unhappy little man is stuck in a horrible job making a device called "Happy".
  • Splash of Color: The "Bliss" sequences are in vivid, hallucinatory color, a dramatic contrast to the monochrome gray world the man lives in.
  • Stop Motion: Claymation for the bulk of the short (all but the "Bliss" sequences).
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