Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Ballad of Nessie

In the bonny blue Highlands
Where the bagpipes play
Lives the creature called Nessie
But it wasn’t always this way...

The Ballad of Nessie is the short film which plays after the Winnie the Pooh movie that came out in 2011. If you haven’t seen this treat, please do, it really is lovingly done!
Nessie lives in a pond in the moors of Glenkeane, which is a shout out to long-time Disney animator Glen Keane. The short is narrated by Billy Connolly and directed by Stevie Wermers-Skelton and Kevin Deters, who used hand drawn animation, which I believe, makes this short such a lovely gem. You can tell immediately that this is a very special piece of animation, a lot of love went into the making of this.

In Scotland, lives a sweet and shy Nessie monster. She and her rubber duck are forcibly removed from their lovely little watering hole by a greedy land developer. Nessie searches high and low for a replacement home, but to no avail. (Boy, this sounds like so many of the stories one hears today) Nessie’s grief finally becomes overwhelming and uncontrollable and she begins to cry. She cries and cries, she can’t stop crying until she sheds so many tears that she floods the lowlands, accidentally providing the perfect home for herself and her rubber ducky. Loch Ness, in case you didn't guess!

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