The enthusiasm of the fans is contagious. Or dangerous. Or terribly funny. At least that’s the perspective of Jake Pemberton who creates in his short animation, ‘Moshpit Moves!‘, a kind of parody about the relationship between rock stars and their admirers. Built as a fable in which the characters are animals, the project has the humour and incisiveness needed to please several types of audience. In fact, this is perhaps its great quality – the director creates a project with a touch of social criticism, but without aiming at a much too naive outcome, despite the convention and style of animation he chose. Hence, this structural balance manages to maintain a cohesion between the multitude of verbal or acoustic “stridencies” that make up this explosion of energies fuelled by the fascination of music.
Everything takes the form of a heavy metal ritual in which the star becomes a sort of guru who commands extreme gestures from the fans. But the protagonist’s imagination is perhaps far too rich, and all this show-off leads to increasingly catastrophic and funny consequences.