Friday, December 23, 2016

Movie review: The House of Small Cubes

This 12 minute animated short film follows a widower whose town is steadily being submerged. Continuously adding levels to his home solves his immediate problem, but losing his pipe creates another which brings back a flood of memories.

From Director Kunio Kato comes this unusual and unique animated short film. The House of Small Cubes observes a widower whose town is being continuously flooded and his strange solution; to constantly add additional levels to his home. As he builds the house up, he also has to move up as the lower levels continue to flood. One day losing his favorite pipe into the lower levels of his home, his search brings back memories of his life.

Animation felt a bit crude but at the same time, interesting. Lacking dialogue, this one was pretty quiet, though sound was good.

The House of Small Cubes is a surprisingly enjoyable short film despite the lack of dialogue. The story is clear, concise, and well told. Those who enjoy unique foreign anime should enjoy this the most.

Nothing here to limit audience age.

Released: 2008
Reviewed: 12.1.16
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Animation, Short, Drama, Anime, Anime Drama

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