One morning, as kids are stealing apples from an old man’s orchard high above a seaside town, an earthquake hits. No one is hurt, and the townsfolk are non-plussed, but the old man is agitated: he alone is aware of the imminent tsunami, and tries to warn the village. Based on a classic Japanese fable, this near wordless short film was masterminded by animator Bob Stenhouse, who had been nominated for an Academy Award the previous decade thanks to his pioneer tale The Frog, The Dog and The Devil. Fans of Stenhouse's work will recognise his lush, luminous hand-drawn style.
Made in association with the NZ Film Commission's Short Film Fund