Black Sheep Boy

James Molle

IndieLisboa 2020 •

France, Animation, 2020, 15′

The oldest search in the world, a quest for happiness and knowledge. In this animation that invokes the aesthetics of the early video games, we follow the adventures of a pixelated little man that looks for spiritual consolation near a wise lion.

In a world that looks like a videogame from a bygone era a boy wakes up and does not feel happiness. He does not know why and does not know what he can do to feel happy. He goes on an adventure with his dog, not unlike Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, and finds anthropomorphic animals on his way to meet the Wise Lion. In a universe without distinct rules the boy searches for meaning in the most universal of questions that nobody really knows the answer. (Rui Mendes)