Oskar Salomonowitz was a 12-year-old boy who drew 206 pages on a flip book to make his first animation, when he was suddenly killed in an accident. His father finishes the story.
The animation itself is a delightfully childlike cartoon of two stickmen fighting with swords while flying with jetpacks on their feet. The joyful pew-pew of their dynamic aerial fight slows as it reaches Oskar’s last images. When his father completes it, combining sputtering jet-boots and parachutes and bombs, it is a triumphant end to the story.
It’s 2 minutes long. It’s simple and silly. It’ll make you cry.