Dead Friends: Even zombies need loyal companions

(poster (c) Changsik Lee)


Decades after a mysterious incurable zombie virus spreads throughout the world mankind is in danger of going extinct. Among the infected there is an old zombie and a dog that remains loyal to his master and hopes he will become human again one day. (synopsis via Laughing Squid (c) Changski Lee)

Love is a powerful thing.

It has the ability to change peoples lives for the better, unite fractious enemies (if they will be open to that happening) and make the world into a better place.

(And also fuel a multi-billion dollar Valetine’s day industry; but hey that could just be my cynicism talking.)

If you’re a devoted, faithful dog deep in the zombie apocalypse, love can also impel you, still with a smile on your face, to trot along happily after your undead master, begging him to throw a stick (or a detached hand), rub your belly and um, chow down together (best not to ask what but you can probably guess).

In Dead Friends, which Toronto 2D and 3D animator Changsik Lee created as his graduation project for Sheridan College Animation in Oakville, Canada, we witness how powerful the love of one devoted canine can be, and the lengths he will go to to stay at his master’s side, come what may.

The emotionally-resoannt short film has premiered at over 30 film festivals worldwide and it’s not hard to see why – it’s poignant, deeply-moving, funny with a clever twist that underscores how close the bond of undead master and dog is, and will always be.


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