New animated short from Oscar-winning filmmakers Moonbot is a sweet ode to imagination

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Moonbot Studios released their latest animated short online this week, and it”s a sweet ode to imagination and forever being a child at heart.

The five-minute short, Taking Flight, is also a tribute to Antonio Pasin, inventor of the Radio Flyer wagon and depicts a small boy”s boring day that turns into an adventure spent with his grandfather.

It”s cute, and it has a timely if oft-heard message urging kids (and adults!) to stop looking at their screens all the time and get outside. But the film falls short of the creativity and unique charm of Moonbot”s first short, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, an ode to the power of story and a tale of renewal inspired by the destruction left by Hurricane Katrina. That short, which used a hybrid of stop-motion, computer, and hand-drawn animation, won the 2012 Oscar for Animated Short Film.

Taking Flight is directed by Brandon Oldenburg, who co-helmed Fantastic Flying Books, along with the Emmy-winning films The Scarecrow and Silent.

You can watch Taking Flight below:

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