Dear, Sweet Emma

Animation turns demented when a sweet looking old woman receives the message that the search for her missing husband has been abandoned and he has been declared deceased. John Cernak’s “Dear, Sweet Emma” is an ironic, funny animation short where bright and cheery animation joins with dark comedy to supply entertainment that’ll make you a little uncomfortable and a little happy.
One of the things you’ll notice about this film is the attention to detail. Emma’s wrinkly face and large, warm eyes (although misleading) and emaciated cat are well-defined; however, the other objects in the kitchen are flat colors and designs, emphasizing the subject of the film.
Cernak craftily designs a story that begins mournful and takes a surprising twist to violent. The darling Emma turns the other cheek and cleverly shows a side that confuses an empathetic audience.


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