Piñata (animated film)

name = Piñata

caption = Promotional shot of the Piñata
imdb_rating =
imdb_id = 0481601
producer = Thomas Schober
director = Mike Hollands
writer = Mark Angeli
starring = Mark Mitchell - voice
Alice Hollands - voice

music = Niko Schauble
cinematography =
editing = Mike Hollands
distributor =
released = 2005
runtime = 4 min.
language = English
budget =

"Piñata" is an animated short film, produced by Act3animation in Australia, released in 2005. It received funding from the Australian Film Commission. It has screened at various festivals around the world, including the Annecy International Animation Festival and SIGGRAPHcite news |last= |first= |url=http://www.awn.com/flash/clicks.php?type=annecy05&v=1&src=hp&file=AWN-Flash-Annecy2005_hr1.pdf&ei=b4jrRriiNJG6gQPfo8m8AQ&usg=AFQjCNHGYTs3DxnpcmbYU4BYZlCtGO06cw&sig2=9ybhIhfZsYEdvMqoqFCNcw |title=Animation Flash - Annecy 2005 Special Edition |publisher= |date=2005-06-02 |accessdate=2007-09-15 (PDF)] , both in 2005, and for the first time in Australia on free-to-air television on February 2007 on ABC2's short film series Short & Curly [cite news |first= |last= |url=http://www.abc.net.au/tv/shortandcurly/txt/s1852513.htm |title=Short and Curly: Pinata (27/02/2007) |Publisher= |date= |accessdate=2007-06-11] .

Plot summary

A piñata (voiced by Mark Mitchell) suspended from a rope on a tree, awakens as if coming to life for the first time. It hears the noise of children and wants to join them, but can't (since it's tied to the tree). Soon though, a girl (voiced by Alice Hollands), with only her sombrero showing, wielding a large (but not quite large enough) stick approaches and begins swinging unsuccessfully at the piñata. Shortly, another child shows up with a stick that can reach it and the piñata, to its surprise, gets hit across the face. To its horror, more children (a group of sombreros) show up and attack it. This happens a few more times, until the piñata climbs up its rope out of their reach using its teeth. The children are dismayed, until an adult, represented by a larger sombrero, comes in with a stick large enough to reach the piñata. The adult winds up for the hit and begins shaking. The piñata also begins shaking. Just before the adult strikes, the piñata, in a great state of fear and panic, is struck by a vicious bout of diarrhea, which, for a piñata, is in the form of its contents, that is, candy. The children rejoice and the piñata is relieved, since it is now left alone. But to its surprise, as the film finishes, it is attacked once more by the original little girl, who has acquired the large stick used by the adult.



*2005 - Vidfest.

Picked for

*2005 - Annecy International Animated Film Festival [cite news |last= |first= |url=http://www.afc.gov.au/filmsandawards/recentintscreen/2005.aspx |title=Australian Film Commission - 2005 Screenings |publisher= |date= |accessdate=2007-04-09]

*2005 - AFI Awards - Best Short Animation [cite news |first= |last= |url=http://www.theage.com.au/news/film/afi-nominees/2005/10/21/1129775948488.html?page=4 |publisher=The Age |title=AFI nominees |date=2005-10-21 |accessdate=2007-04-16] [cite news |first= |last= |url=http://www.stateart.com.au/sota/news/default.asp?fid=3841 |title=2005 AFI Award nominations announced |publisher=State of the Arts News |date=2005-10-24 |accessdate=2007-04-16]

*2005 - Flickerfest [cite news |first= |last= |url=http://www.flickerfest.com.au/2006/programme.asp?proid=164 |title=Programme - Flickerfest International Short Film Festival 2006 |publisher= |date= |accessdate=2007-06-11]

*2005 - SIGGRAPH


External links

* [http://act3animation.com/movie/pinata.html "Piñata" on Act3animation website]
*imdb title|id=0481601|title=Piñata
* [http://www.atomfilms.com/film/pinata.jsp?channelKeyword=channel_computer_animation "Piñata" on Atomfilms]
* [http://www.niceshorts.com.au/watch.asp?video=213 "Piñata" on Nice Shorts]
* [http://www.abc.net.au/tv/shortandcurly/txt/s1852513.htm "Piñata" on ABC2's "Short & Curly"]

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