The End of the World Through Rose Colored Glasses: Teasing the Animated Feature COCOLORS


Fuyu was born into a hopeless world, a subterranean existence devoid of natural light and plagued by ubiquitous toxic ash; a world of bullies, and unilateral illness; and--for him--a world without voice. Instead, Fuyu expresses his limited vocabulary via an electronic ocarina: one note for “yes”; two notes for “no”; and three notes for “I’m okay.”

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Still, in this drab, colorless world Fuyu finds and instills brightness through his creative illustrations, sculptures, and printings that he uses to realize his imaginings of surface world wonders. With each artistic addition, Fuyu spreads his quiet optimism until bullies become friends and the drab underworld is made just a little more bearable. This notion is illustrated quite literally as best friend Aki brings Fuyu new scavenged colors with which to paint into a beloved print. The increasing color palette builds and spreads as a metaphoric embodiment of Fuyu’s positive impact on those around him.


In a world where everyone is encased in dehumanizing, space-like suits, the helmets of which create a mirrored barrier between faces, COCOLORS searches for alternative avenues of expression. And, it finds it in art, in ocarina notes, in empathic voice performances, and by literally painting emotions on the characters’ fishbowl visors, tipping the film’s thematic hat. For, this is a picture that ultimately spotlights hope by going as far into hopelessness as possible. In a world burnt to cinders--presumably by nuclear holocaust--where people cut themselves off from all physical contact in order to eke out a dark, colorless existence, the smallest gesture of friendship or sliver of color or creativity stand out as monumental gestures of promise and compassion.


Don’t miss COCOLORS, which is screening at noon on Sunday, December 10th at the Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival. FULL LINEUP HERE!