“Bunny” by Chris Wedge

When talking about time-defining animation, you have to mention Chris Wedge. He has worked on many incredible animation projects, and often lends his own frenetic style and innovation to any project. His true skill lies in his way of adding emotion and character to creatures who never speak a word or even do actions beyond the mundane.

An example of the emotion conveyed on his character’s face.

The story for this particular animation is left open to the viewer. The symbolism of the flying moth creature is repeated throughout the piece in both the wings gained by the bunny as she flies deep into the oven and by the painting at the end, where the moths float and land on the portrait.

This animation was an incredible creative risk, he took on hard subjects to convey, with large amounts of character detail, especially in the fur and the moth hair. On top of the already complex character design, he chose not to have any open dialogue and an ambiguous story. These factors make an incredible difficult to execute story, which he ends making seem easy through the storytelling of the animation. The end scene leads the viewer to question the whole piece and what happened throughout it.

The powerful ending to Bunny. The viewer is taken into the surreal where you are left questioning.

Despite the technical difficulties of the piece, the story is very apparent to those who view it. The emotion and character portrayed by Wedge create an emotional attachment to the bunny and you want to see her reach peace at the end of the animation. Once the piece ends, you can feel content knowing that she is happy, no matter how you interpret the climax.