Work / Animation

Sean Pecknold presents an apocalyptic tale of charming animated simplicity

The apocalypse is here in Sean Pecknold’s latest animation and it falls on the (headless) shoulders of two shadows – literally, metaphorically – to represent the last of humankind. The male gets it into his head that they should procreate, something the female, and myself, find a confusing and prolonging act of pointlessness – queue relationship problems. It’s a charming and esoteric animation, made simply of paper and rice, a departure in style from the last we saw of Sean and his music video for Shrine, epically crafted for the band Fleet Foxes, but this is in no way a bad thing and the unelaborate animation devices compliment the narrative so that Sean’s distinctive ability to tell a great story is as vital in the work as ever.