(image via Laughing Squid (c) Taiko Studios)
In the very touching short animation “One Small Step” by Taiko Studios, a little girl named Luna dreams of becoming an astronaut when she grows up. By Luna’s side is her loving father, who always made sure that Luna ate well, fixed her torn shoes and believed in her, particularly during the hard times when things didn’t go right. It’s only after her father is gone that a grieving Luna realizes that it’s up to her to believe in herself if she really wants to live up to her dreams. (synopsis (c) Laughing Squid)
This is an exquisitely-touching short film that hits you right in the heart in all the best possible ways.
Taking the time to tell its story, much like Pixar’s Up did to devastatingly emotionally-resonant effect, it lets us in on the mostly highs and occasional lows of the close relationship between Luna and her dad.
He is her greatest champion and supporter, a father who believes his bright and strong-willed daughter can do anything, a strong line of belief that initially deserts Luna after her father’s death.but from which she eventually draws strength to make good on her long-cherished dreams.
Honestly, while inspirational movies are a dime-a-dozen, One Small Step is truly something affectingly special.