The Blackheart Gang: The Tale of How animated short film
The Tale of How: Africa’s most awarded animation
This is the most acclaimed African animation so far, having won a Special Distinction at Annecy, the Canal+ Award at Clermont-Ferrand, the Grand Prix at Animanima and the Artistic Perfection Prize at The International Festival of Animation in St. Petersburg, among other awards.
The Blackheart Gang – Ree Treweek, Jannes Hendrikz, and Markus Wormstorm – describe the plot as follows: “In The Tale of How, we met a giant octopus who had a tree growing from his head, the terror of the Indian Ocean, Otto the Monster! It was his lonely pastime to devour the innocent dodos who lived on his head. We saw the dodos unite, and with the help of a little white mouse, we saw them escape the clutches of the terrible, tentacled tyrant, and sail off into the sunset upon their mother, the tree.”
It’s best not to think too much about that and rather just lose yourself in the gorgeous artwork. I have a print of the first picture below up in my house, and one of my big regrets is leaving prints of the others behind in the office when I left The Callsheet. I also recommend buying the coffee table book of The Tale of How.