I was going to just post my thoughts in the thread about it being released for free for a week, but I don't do anything quickly and the week ended before I was even close to gathering my thoughts, so I figured I'd make a thread since I can't seem to find anywhere the short was discussed. Super late, but I'm very curious what you guys thought.
Me personally, I thought it was pretty good, but not great.
It seemed a little confused on what it wanted the plot to be. When they announced it I interpreted the summaries as the woman's kid was already gone and she gets a second chance at having a kid when this dumpling inexplicably shows up. The actual film seems to want to be just that she's viewing the kid as a dumpling as a metaphor for an actual kid, but several parts don't match up with this well. I mean, presumably we're supposed to watch the thing with the mindset that what's happening with the dumpling is actually happening, just there's an actual kid in the dumplings place? I can't figure out what we're meant to assume ACTUALLY happened during the opening (when she bites on it and is clearly shocked it's there) and the part where she eats it. Yeah, obviously there's a bit of wiggle room in there (the real kid probably wasn't actually walking on the baker's display case like the dumpling was), but I can't even figure out some rough approximation. The best I can come up with is that maybe she hit him. Which opens up a whole other can of worms.
And that has the unfortunate side effect that having her eat it, instead of any other way they could go about showing her not seeing it as a dumpling anymore, comes off like cheap shock value. Just kind of there because people are more likely to be surprised by that than her just running off to her room crying.
I'd also say it's a little one note. Most of the humor is just the fact that there's a dumpling doing human things, and, well, we've been anthropomorphizing things for probably at least a few centuries now. Food included. It's not really inherently funny anymore. The one really big laugh for me was when he showed up with a fiance, maybe because it was just such a huge escalation.
It looks nice, though not really noteworthy in anyway. This is the exact type of thing where I'd think you'd want to try a new style, since nothing else is really an artistic draw. Unless we're supposed to be really, really drawn in by the food? They did a movie on that already.
It reminds me of Sanjay's Super Team; it found a cute concept, then just kind of wandered aimlessly, unsure what to do with the thing. Still, it is cute concept. The pacing's nice. I feel for the protagonist. 6/10? I was really excited about this one, so maybe I was hoping for too much...but I don't think it made much of an impression on me.
On a side note, cool, I was right about it bathing in a pot!
What'd you guys think?
(No, I don't know why that one section is smaller than the rest.)