Watch: Aardman and Save the Children’s Short Film ‘Home’

The Academy Award-winning animation studio Aardman and Save the Youngsters, a world kids’s charity, have joined collectively to mark the one-year anniversary of the conflict in Ukraine with the discharge of an animated brief, House, which highlights the expertise of refugee kids world wide. The heartwarming 2D movie makes use of animated characters to inform a narrative of a refugee baby distant from residence and the way they really feel in a brand new and unfamiliar surroundings. It additionally celebrates the chances of youngsters welcoming new refugee associates and studying about totally different cultures.

Though prompted by the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine, the four-minute animation goals to assist the tens of millions of youngsters who’re pressured to depart their houses due to violence in international locations together with Ukraine, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Syria.

Created by Director Peter Peake, House shall be screened in major faculties throughout the U.Okay. alongside its basic launch. Within the brief, a small orange circle arrives at a brand new college in a completely purple world inhabited solely by triangular purple characters. The orange circle instantly feels misplaced, battling the language barrier and unusual new meals. However, by way of a blossoming friendship with a fellow pupil, they start to really feel welcome and accepted. As that occurs, little bursts of orange begin to seem within the purple environment, elevating the panorama to a richer, hotter, and extra numerous surroundings. The movie then exhibits totally different characters of all shapes and hues that deliver their very own distinctive colours to the beforehand monochrome environment, reworking it right into a thriving and vibrant world filled with vitality and colour.

“Animation is a tremendous medium for expressing concepts that may in any other case be troublesome to speak,” commented Aardman Co-founder and Artistic Director Peter Lord CBE. “At Aardman, we believed that we had the experience to assist inform these tales in a manner that may be delicate, accessible, and relatable for youngsters all world wide. It was additionally important that the movie we created would share the suitable messages, tackle a real want, and assist as many kids as doable. We approached Save the Youngsters to assist us with these points and to maintain us heading in the right direction, and we had been completely delighted with the collaboration.”

As in a number of of Aardman’s most beloved productions – from Shaun the Sheep to Morph – the story in House is informed with out dialogue, making its message universally accessible. By transcending language limitations, the movie illustrates the enrichment of our world when everybody feels welcome.

“Our movie was created as a particular response to the continuing battle in Ukraine, however it goals to assist all kids displaced from their houses as a consequence of conflict, famine, and persecution,” shared Peake. “Working with Save the Youngsters, we discovered what difficulties kids face when attempting to settle in a brand new nation. Finally, we hope the movie encourages kids all over the place to empathize with a few of their friends who may be going by way of that have and to know the impression they’ll have by making somebody really feel welcome.”

Alison Griffin, Head of Battle & Humanitarian Campaigns from Save the Youngsters, added, “We had been completely thrilled to associate with Aardman in making this movie. Many refugee kids who’ve discovered a brand new, safer residence nonetheless carry the bodily and emotional scars of conflict or face every day setbacks merely due to who they’re or the place they’ve come from. That’s why it’s so vital for refugee kids to get the welcome – and the childhood – they deserve. We hope this lovely brief movie will encourage individuals to succeed in out to baby refugees, welcome them, and assist them really feel someplace like ‘residence’ once more.”

Take a couple of minutes to look at the movie:

And right here’s a behind the scenes:

All around the world, kids’s lives are in danger as conflicts persist. Based on Save the Youngsters, a baby has develop into a refugee throughout virtually each second of the conflict in Ukraine. The charity’s Emergency Fund permits them to reply to disasters worldwide instantly. Assist this work by making a donation right here.

Supply: Aardman

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is information editor at Animation World Community.