Feb 7, 2015

Review: Oktapodi (2007)

I have a new found respect for octopi in general all because of the independent video game Octodad: Dadliest Catch where I got to play as one. You know what else? I just realized that it's DADliest Catch and not DEADliest Catch by typing out the title. All this time I've been reading it as Deadliest.

Anyhow, in this video game you play as an octopus who is pretending to be a human. Believe it or not, your character is even married with two kids, hence Dadliest. Quite the feat to be able to hide such a secret right? What makes Octodad so fun to play though is trying to navigate the world with some pretty wonky controls due to being forced to find a way to tame those eight tentacles as you mow the lawn, go grocery shopping and avoid a murderous chef who knows your big secret.


Genre: animation, short, comedy
Directed by: Julien Bocabeille, Fran├žois-Xavier Chanioux, Olivier Delabarre, etc.
Produced by: Marie-France Zumofen
Written by: N/A
Music by: Kenny Wood
Running time: 3 minutes
Production company: Gobelins L'Ecole de L'Image
Distributed by: Talantis Films
Country: France
Language: N/A
Budget: N/A
Box office: N/A

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Starring: N/A



Somewhere in Greece, two octopi inside a tank in a fishmonger's shop are madly in love and inseparable. That unfortunately changes when a cook enters the shop and buys one of them, surely to be used in some barbaric gourmet meal. The octopus left behind refuses to let its partner be chopped up and eaten, which begins a wild chase through the tight coastal streets of the Greek town.


French short Oktapodi is simply adorable. What's not to like about two happy and loving octopi embracing? That beauty gets completely shattered once the chef buys one of the octopi, leaving the other one all on its own. An image flashes in this octopus' mind of a demonic chef chopping up an octopus into little pieces. Just terrible, I know. This octopus knows what it has to do and unless you're some sort of heartless thug without an inkling of what love is, you want that little octopus to succeed in getting its partner back.

There's some good imagination demonstrated in Oktapodi as the octopus trying to rescue its lover hops onto the chef's truck. It may be squishy, but the octopus uses that squishiness and its eight tentacles to its advantage. It's a fast paced chase that combines mild cartoony violence and comedy into something quite amusing for just about anyone. The fact that the action happens at such a fast pace is quite impressive and the computer generated animation keeps up admirably. The use of sound is also quite good.

Oktapodi is an innocent little movie that packs a fair amount of fun in its short running time. The animation is well executed and one just really can't go wrong with octopi. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short in 2009, but lost to La Maison en Petits Cubes. Even so, I dare you to watch Oktapodi and not have a smile on your face by the end.



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