Alma is a 2009 Spanish computer-animated dark fantasy horror short film produced by ex-Pixar animator Rodrigo Blaas. It had received notable recognition at the Fantastic Fest awards. The word “alma” in Spanish means “soul”. To start, it is evident that there is only one character throughout the entire film, Alma, whom the short story revolves around. This supports the notion that in a short film, there is normally only one protagonist.
The film has additional deeper significance which leads to man’s first attempt of disobedience. The film was screened at the 2009 Seattle Children’s Film Festival. It remains largely in the category of a children’s short, quite partially due to Blaas’ initial lack of an ominous tone. In addition to this, Alma’s search for self-proliferation and simulation of the basic human instinct to reproduce itself leads to a greedy self-absorption, akin to a couple nearing orgasm even after it is clear that others have arrived home.
The animation of this film was appreciated by a large number of audiences across the globe. The major deeper meaning of this film leads the audience across all age groups to like the film on a whole another level. Alma’s search for self-proliferation and simulation of the basic human instinct to reproduce itself leads to a greedy self-absorption, akin to a couple nearing orgasm even after it is clear that others have arrived home. Moreover, animation and VFX both of this film have a very significant approach towards the people.
The reason this film got so many positive critics is because it didn’t aim towards any particular group of audience, the target audience was very shallow and created a very broad fan base too. Before the title credit, we see that Alma does not bother to place the chalk back in its proper position on a cement ledge once she writes her name; she simply drops it to the ground with a satisfactory smile, oblivious that newly fallen or scattered snow may prevent others from tagging their names as well.
“Alma” further shows that it sticks to the short film conventions as it is a ‘short’ film (lasting 5.30 minutes) and that it is an animation proves to show that it crosses the boundaries into animation rather than being a real-life performance. In conclusion, this film has set standards in terms of animation and VFX work in the entertainment industry. A good combination of animation and marvelous storyline is seen in this film.