Sunday, June 5, 2016

Short Subject: All’s Fair in Love and Friendship Games (2015)

The shorts take a turn into weirdsville as Lyria and Bon Bon compete to make the friendship games team.

 It’s best friends turned to enemies as both girls attempt to outdo each other in the tryouts.  This leads to wonderfully wacky things like hotdog eating, sculpting, the caber toss, and both of them in bird costumes in what I’m going assume is interpretive dance.  Of course the short takes the third option by having them both make the team, they declare themselves BFF again and cue happy ending.

This won’t be everyone’s cup of tea given the wacky shenanigans involve, but I enjoyed this for the fast paced animation and the neat style choices like when everything goes grey and the eight bit graphics in the mortal combat homage.  The only downside is that we don’t get any lead up in to Lyria and Bon Bon’s introduction.  We’re just dropped into the short like we’re supposed to know who they are already, and of course long-time fans do as they focused on the two background gals to begin with, but a little more context for newer fans would have been appreciated.

Still I like this short for the animation, the expressions, and the wacky scenarios it gave us so I’d say give it a watch.

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