artFive’s The King of the Island (Il Re Dell'Isola) to you before this moment – and for that I apologize.
Get your hankies out now, because this will quite probably bring a tear to your eye. I know it brought several to my own.
This beautifully made animated short tells the story of Gioannin, a small boy living in the Italian port of Genoa at the beginning of the twentieth century.
His father was lost at sea several years before and Gioannin is pitied by the men of the port and somewhat bullied by the children because he has no father.
The boy, having no concept of death, imagines his father washed up on some exotic island where, because of his size, strength and cunning he soon becomes king.
One day his mother receives news that her husband is returning and Gioannin’s expectations of his father reach a peak. Yet when they are finally reintroduced, his father is nothing like he expected or imagined. He is something even better.
The King of the Island was made by Italian animation company artFive. They produce everything from computer graphics and animations for commercials, visual effects, videogames, web, to events, TV series, books and magazines. Take a look at their excellent demoreel here.
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