The short and the short of it: The bear and fleeting fame of The Moon’s Not That Great

(image via Instagram (c) Mathieu Libman)

After an astronaut returns from her lunar mission to find that the public lost all interest in the moon, the stories of the astronaut, a film director, and a bear intersect. (synopsis via Laughing Squid)

There is a compellingly beautiful heart to this most attractively animated of short films.

The Moon’s Not That Great exquisitely explores the great gap that exists between true abiding passion, the kind that drives people to go and do great things whether or not anyone is paying attention, and the fickleness of society which races from one shiny bauble to the next, just as apt to love something one minute and then hate it the next.

Mathieu Libman has created in his short film an ode to passion, to the sheer joy of doing things; the bear might seem like a strange insertion into a film about what motivates people to do something grand and epic with their life but watch The Moon’s Not That Great and you’ll discover why its presence matters so much to the simple but brilliantly clever and affecting story.

And why being nice to the moon might be a good thing to do too since it has feelings too (this whimsical part of a movingly quirky short film is so redolent with meaning and emotion that it may well make you cry; it is that beautiful).

The Moon’s Not That Great is a reassurance that doing what makes you happy, what makes life feel worth living never goes out of passion, and why the superficial and the easily-distracted bandwagon dwelling masses may rush like mayflies from one pretty light to another, the truth is that doing something truly special will always be worth doing no matter what.

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