Our first impression of people is always visual and superficial. Humans attempt to manipulate others’ perceptions (as well as their own) of one’s persona with objects. Polish animator, Wojteck Wawszcyk, explores this human phenomenon in his short, “Mouse” (2001).

A man and a mouse move to a new town. The man is very proud of his mouse, admiring how they look together in the mirror. He walks about town with his mouse, attempting to attract townspeople to himself. To his surprise and dismay, the people of the town show little interest, which forces the man to make a spontaneous and careless decision that he soon regrets.

Wawszcyk’s style of animation is very original with interesting looking characters. He uses symbols in his animation to signify importance and create emotion; this is done with such expertise that the film becomes multi-dimensional. The absence of dialog forces the characters to hold the story in their actions and facial expressions, which is done exceptionally. Even the Danny Elfman-type music that accompanies the film isn’t necessary to provoke a reaction.


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