The Little Island by Richard Williams (1958)

March 26, 2011

This was the first animated film by Richard Williams who wrote, produced, directed, animated and financed it. It is a half-hour philosophical argument without words. It won the BAFTA award in 1959 for Best Animated Film. Tristram Cary wrote the music.

The film features three men, who each only believe in one thing, one in Good, one in Truth, and one in Beauty. Taking their beliefs to the extreme they become monsters, in this highly stylized and offbeat early work by a contemporary animation legend. Very simply made but surprisingly thoughtful and serious in its subject matter, and certainly open to interpretation.

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