The short and the short of it: The animated sweetness of The Wishgranter

Love has a way of delightfully unsettling the most entrenched of lives (Image via YouTube (c) Chalkdust)
Love has a way of delightfully unsettling the most entrenched of lives (Image via YouTube (c) Chalkdust)

 

Even the best of us get jaded.

It doesn’t matter how exciting our jobs are, or how emotionally-fulfilling our relationships might be, or whether we are engaged in the most altruistic of earthly pursuits, at one point or another ennui will dejectedly raise its seen-it-all head and wonder at the point of it all.

Most likely sighing like the ages as it does so.

One guy who knows all about this unfortunate crinkle in the wonder of life is the titular Wishgranter of this charming short film directed by Echo Wu, Kal Athannassov, John Mcdonald – collectively known as Team Chalkdust – and produced at Ringling College of Art + Design in Orlando.

Even though he is tasked with granting the wishes of the people of the town in which his wishing fountain sits, a magical undertaking in anyone’s book, he has grown, tired, disenchanted, bored with the sheer joy and wonder of it all.

That is until one young man and one young woman arrive at the fountain separately, thrown their coins in simultaneously and well … let’s just say that love has a way of enlivening even the most hidebound of days.

The Wishgranter, the subject of a successful 2015 Kickstarter, is pure delight, a gorgeous reminder that even in the most same old, same old of circumstances, that unexpected magic can occur.

Keep wishing, people!

 

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