We are just over a month away from the most important event on the calendar of the film and entertainment world, the Oscar ceremony. Among the 25 categories the one we have always followed closely is the one dedicated to Animated Short Films, which every year manages to give us unmissable goodies. Among the five selected we find “The Flying Sailor” directed by Canadians Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, whose plot starts precisely from an event that marked Canada’s history.
It was 1917, at the height of World War I, when, on the morning of Dec. 6, the small town of Halifax was virtually leveled by what was in effect the most powerful man-made explosion before the atomic bomb.
Like that December morning, at the beginning of “The Flying Sailor” we witness a collision between two ships entering port. The explosion will result in a passing sailor being thrown into the air. Here, in the clouds, he will embark on an existential journey before coming back down to earth.