Watch: Bears in Exile in Beautifully-Made Animated Short ‘Migrants’
by Alex Billington
November 24, 2021
With their home melting away, where do they go? Migrants is a wonderful 3D animated short film made by students studying at the PÔLE 3D animation school in France. Two polar bears are driven into exile due to global warming. They will encounter brown bears along their journey away from home, with whom they will try to cohabitate. But the brown bears don’t like them there… The film offers a clever dual narrative – focusing on both climate change and refugees, by integrating both stories into one superb film about polar bears being forced to leave their natural habitat. Most of all, I’m most impressed by the choice to create all the bears with cloth – despite this being a CG short made on computers. The meaning of which is even more potent with that shot at the end, too. This 8-minute animated film is worth your time – watch in full below.
Thanks to Vimeo Staff Picks for the tip on this. Brief description from Vimeo: “Two polar bears are driven into exile due to global warming. They will encounter brown bears along their journey, with whom they will try to cohabitate.” Migrants is a project made by students studying at PÔLE – a 2D & 3D animation cinema school based in Roubaix, France. It’s directed by these 5th year students: Hugo Caby, Antoine Dupriez, Lucas Lermytte, Zoé Devise, and Aubin Kubiak. The film is written by Lucas Lermytte. Exec produced by Carlos de Carvalho. With original music by Yann Menou. An Oscar-eligible short film, by winning the Best Animated Short Prize (at Cleveland IFF) & Best in Show Prize (at Siggraph). For more info on the film, visit Vimeo (and watch other PÔLE student shorts here). To watch even more shorts, click here. Thoughts?