“Coda” – a beautifully soothing animated act about life

“Think again about death”, “Coda” would said. This wonderful 9-minute animation challenges the conventional assumptions about the end of life. It’s not dark and cold and cruel, it’s surprisingly soft, generous, and full of sympathy.

A bit humour at the beginning of the story provides an easier transition into the richer layers of emotions later. The overall colour scheme is dark, yet soft and ethereal. All the contours are rich in colours and emotion, yet so fragile, as if to illustrate the same characteristics of the border between life and death.

Following the journey of a drunken soul meeting his end, we see an alternative form of death. His life didn’t replay before his eyes and he just sat there watching passively. The guy asked for it. He pled with Death to let him experience his life all again, to remember. This is, after all, the most important thing someone could have by the coda of their lives.

This wonderful short is crafted by And Maps And Plans studio from Dublin. It was shortlisted for the 87th Academy Awards 2015 and nominated for the 42nd Annual Annie Awards 2015. It’s nice to see Irish animation going strong!

Directed by Alan Holly
Produced by Ciaran Deeney
Written by Alan Holly and Rory Byrne
Art direction by Ronan McMeel
Music by Shane Holly
Animation by Alan Holly, Rory Byrne and Eoghan Dalton

“Coda”‘s concepts and sketches, by courtesy of Ronan McMeel.

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