The Last Belle is a 2011 traditionally animated short film co-written and directed by Neil Boyle.
And when we say traditional, we mean traditional! As in hand-drawn animation drawn on paper, inked and painted on cels and photographed with an analog camera. Boyle, who came out of the early days of The Renaissance Age of Animation, having animated for Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the last leg of The Thief and the Cobbler to be made under Richard Williams' direction, wanted to create a film that would remind younger generations of animators that the pre-digital process of hand-drawn animation was still just as relevant as CGI or even tradigital.
The film tells the story of Rosie, a lonely British woman who sets herself up for a blind date with a man she's met over the internet, who describes himself as "the spitting image of Brad Pitt" but is really an overweight, boorish slob who does nothing but watch porn and guzzle beer. As Rosie waits for him at a bar downtown, he drunkenly stumbles out of his house and through The London Underground in an effort to meet her.
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- The Alcoholic: Wally. His entire refrigerator contains nothing but beer, all of which he consumes in a matter of two hours!
- All There in the Manual: The blind date's name is Wally.
- Amusing Injuries: Wally falls drunk out of his apartment and doesn't catch a break until he's catapulted back in!
- Answer Cut: While waiting for Wally at the bar, Rosie casually mentions to the bartender that he must be having trouble with the trains. Turns out, he is. Specifically, he's stuck to the front of one that hit him!
- Bittersweet Ending: Rosie wastes her night waiting for her blind date, and would have disappointed even if he had shown up. So she ends up with the bartender instead.
- Blatant Lies:
- Wally describes himself in his emails to Rosie as "the spitting image of Brad Pitt" when he's really an overweight, slovenly alcoholic.
- Rosie lists his interests as "art, les cinema and literature," all of which turn out to be porn (pinups, XXX videos and girlie magazines, respectively). She also claims he's into fashion... as he's putting on a horrendously tacky Hawaiian shirt with the loudest tie imaginable.
- The Chew Toy: Again, Wally.
- Curse Cut Short Cut: When Wally doesn't show up for their blind date, Rosie angrily states that, "if he doesn't show up in thirty seconds, he's going to be deep in the..." before cutting to a disgusting dog turd.
- Deranged Animation: It was directed by a protégé of Richard Williams. What do you expect?
- Disney Acid Sequence: Wally's drunken tumble through the underground.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Rosie orders an orange juice when she first comes to the bar, but her nerves convince her to ask the bartender to add some vodka to it.
- In the Style of...: The earlier films of The Renaissance Age of Animation. The underground sequence, for example, borrows a lot from the "MC Escher" scene from The Thief and the Cobbler. Roy Naisbitt, art designer for Thief, designed the sequence.
- Iron Butt Monkey: Wally survives a 20-story fall, getting hit by a subway train and getting electrocuted.
- Men Can't Keep House: Wally's apartment is filthy and is gradually littered with hundreds of beer cans.
- The Millennium Age of Animation: Notable for being one of the only animated films from The New '10s created 100% analogically.
- Minimalist Cast: There are only four characters in the whole film, one of whom never speaks and the other is not on-camera.
- The Voice: Rosie's friend Siobhan, who is only heard over the phone.
- The Voiceless: Wally.