Watch: Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom' Animated Short Film

Watch: Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom' Animated Short Film

Jun 07, 2012

When The Darjeeling Limited came out, Wes Anderson created a short film to go along with it that acted as a sort of prologue to help add more context to the emotions Jason Schwartzman's character is feeling when we first meet him in the full feature. With Moonrise Kingdom, Anderson has done it again -- and this time, the short film he's created to accompany the feature is not only animated, but it's also tied to the motivations of one of our main characters, Suzy (Kara Hayward). 

In the film, 12-year-old Suzy runs away with her pen-pal lover, Sam (Jared Gilman), and instead of packing a suitcase full of clothes, she instead packs a suitcase full of storybooks. Throughout the film she reads passages from these fictitious books -- most of which are about strong female characters coming to terms with their purpose in life -- and while we never see past the elaborately designed cover jackets of these books (Anderson commissioned six different artists to create said jackets), the writer-director decided to change that by creating this short film animating passages from the books.

Originally he wanted to put this in the film, but instead he went this route, releasing it while Moonrise Kingdom is still in theaters as supplemental material (it'll probably be on the DVD and Blu-ray too). The animation is a bit rough, but keep in mind this was thrown together in only 6 weeks using drawings from the artists who designed the book jackets. 

You can watch the full short (with introductions from the film's narrator, Bob Balaban) over at Entertainment Weekly, or click the image below.

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