Day & Night: Better Together than Apart

To Sinan… For making each day a better one.

When Day, a sunny fellow, encounters Night, a stranger of distinctly darker moods, sparks fly! But as their suspicisons turn to curiosity, they are delighted to find that this budding friendship can offer a new perspective on the world.

Although cinema is a true passion, I never had an interest in short films. Why? I don’t know. Honestly speaking, I hadn’t even watched one that I remember. A few weeks ago, I was told to watch Day & Night. It is a Pixar animated short film directed by Teddy Newton – which follows two handdrawn 2-D characters: Day and Night.

Inside Day is a day scene with a sun in the center, and inside Night is a night scene with a moon instead. At first, whatever goes on inside each of the characters – along with their actions and emotions – expresses normal events that typically occur within a day or a night. When Day smiles, there is a rainbow inside him. When Night is happy, firworks explode. One day, Day and Night meet. In the very beginning, they are uneasy about each other. They become frightened and jealous of each other since what is occuring in Day is not occuring in Night – and vice versa. Eventually, Day and Night befriend as they discover each other’s unique qualities – and realize that each offers a different view of the same world. At the end, what they saw in each other, they start seeing them in themselves – as Day becomes night, and Night becomes day.

Although clocks in at just six minutes, this featurette is definitely much more than two mute figures. It’s rather tough to explain the artful snatch of Day and Night. Not sure whether it’s available online for free, but you can access it on iTunes and Apple TV.  To catch a glimpse, here is the making of it.

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