Jake is like any other young boy—addicted to video games. Except he’s not like just any other boy. He’s special. He’s different. And his mom knows that. Which is why, one afternoon, she comes home with a gift for him. An adorable new puppy. Jake didn’t seem to like the new furball at first, but see what happens.
You think you already know how this story ends, but nope. You can’t possibly even begin to imagine. Animated short film “The Present,” which was made as a thesis by then-German student Jacob Frey, has been screened at over 180 film festivals, and winning over 50 awards. If that doesn’t translate well enough for you yet, here. Let us spell it out for you: it’s an incredible, heart-warming story. It’s been reported as well that because of the success of the film, Frey has already secured himself a job at Pixar.
The short is currently making rounds in the internet, and it is easy to see why. Jacob Frey writes the following on his Vimeo page:
“After a very successful festival circuit, running on over 180 film festivals and winning more than 50 awards, we’ve decided that it’s finally time to share “The Present” with the rest of the world.
‘The Present’ is based on a great little comic strip by the very talented Fabio Coala. Make sure to check out his page: mentirinhas.com.br.
‘The Present’ is a graduation short from the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany.
We really hope you enjoy the result of our hard work. Thanks to everyone who help creating this film and everyone who supported us during the festivals. Thanks a lot for making this such an incredible journey.”
Watch the touching short here: