In English, the term pandiculation (pan·dic·u·la·tion / pan-ˌdik-yə-ˈlā-shən /n) defines the involuntary human act of stretching and then yawning. It is a spontaneous action, part of everyone’s neuromuscular functioning, it is the natural way our nervous system uses to activate our sleepy bodies.
Pandiculation is also the name of the animated short film made by Jakob Fløtre Eiring and Konrad Hjemli for the final exam of the animation course at Volda University College, Norway.
This short film tells the story of a man and his unsuccessful attempts to stifle a yawn at an important business meeting and is a hilarious 3-minute animation that everyone can relate to. Pandiculation is an infectious tale and describes a universal feeling that accompanies each of us every day, especially on Monday mornings.
Watch it here and enjoy an unprecedented cathartic experience.
Words by Federica Cimorelli