If you’ve got ten minutes to spare, grab some popcorn, fullscreen this video, and watch “The Reward,” an absolutely stunning 2D animated short. Directed by Mikkel Mainz Ekljær and Kenneth Ladekjær in collaboration with Glenn August, Jonas Andreassen, Josefine Hannibal, Karen Bennetzen, Ole Christian Loken, Paolo Giandoso, and Tanja Nielsen, “The Reward” was a Bachelor Thesis project at The Animation Workshop in Denmark.

This making-of video is almost as fascinating as the film itself.

There’s more over at the website for the short. I hope the crew stuck together after graduating because I’d love to see much more from them.


  • http://www.facebook.com/Stelknecht James Taylor

    You were totally right that was freaking awesome. Promoting on FB now!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=800854312 Andria Schwortz

    As I commented there, I’d be so much happier with this short had it not reinforced the stereotype that men get to become heros, while women are the rewards. Imagine how much better this film could’ve been if the heros had realized their shallowness at the end and passed the map on to a boy and a girl, or if one had a cute guy jump onto his horse and we were suddenly seeing that hero in a different light.