Sep 25, 2018
What happens to us when we're no longer useful to society? In twenty minutes, Golden Time tells a touching tale of finding new purpose, the value of friendship, personal redemption and the cycle of life.
Story, 7: A TV set is abandoned by its owner in favor of a newer-style and attempts to escape its surroundings. The story is tightly-paced and fleshes out the junkyard as its own world extremely well, all without dialogue (an impressive feat).
Art, 8: A muted, classic style presumably to match our television protagonist's own visuals. The background art is nice and the minor touches to flesh out characters' personalities were appreciated
(the little hop after the wind-up cat creature is revived, the bucket covering its "mouth" after surprise, etc.)
Sound, 7: A lush, orchestrated soundtrack, but with little variation in tune. The rough, clanging sounds and creaks of the junkyard all fit with the setting well.
Characters, 7: The television has a surprisingly satisfying character arc (which I will refrain from explaining to avoid spoilers), and the other characters are sympathetic, though not as explored as the protagonist.
Enjoyment, 7: I thoroughly appreciated the themes present in the film (namely the cycle of life, which I thought was beautifully executed) and was entertained throughout.
Overall, 7: For only a twenty-minute watch, I would highly recommend this short film. Fans of "The House of Small Cubes" will likely enjoy the animation and similar style of storytelling (this is by the same production company). A satisfying short that deserves more recognition.
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