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Second Class Mail is a 1985 animated short film (4 minutes) directed by Alison Snowden.

An old lady toddles off to the mailbox and sends off a letter. She toddles back to the home where she clearly lives alone. This becomes relevant when she receives a package, which turns out to be a blow-up doll. Not a sex doll, but rather a blow-up doll of an old man.

Alison Snowden's first film, made when she was a student at The National Film and Television School. Nick Park, also a student there, was an animator on the short.


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  • Black Comedy: The old lady has a pet bird. The pet bird swings on its little swing, tweets a little, then falls off its perch and dies.
  • Companion Cube: The old woman inflates an old man to be her rubber companion. Unfortunately she gets too affectionate.
  • Downer Ending: It's played for laughs, but still, it's an old lady who's so lonely she gets a blowup doll for a companion, and then she pops it.
  • Limited Animation: As one might expect for a student film. The screen generally shows only what the viewer needs to see, on a plain white background. The last scene has the house, one trash can, and one tree, and the rest is plain white.
  • Line Boil: Seen throughout the film, as it's a hand-drawn student film.
  • Silence Is Golden: No dialogue in the film.
  • Visual Pun: At one point when the woman is inflating the doll, what appears to be a pair of pendulous breasts appears. Then the "nipples" expand into feet, and the breasts are revealed to be the doll's lower legs.
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