It begins with a typical scene: a boy glued to his video game as a mom foolishly tries to get his attention. The mom tells the boy to open the present she got for him as she plops down a plain cardboard box.
Inside the box is a puppy — but not just any puppy. This is a puppy that teaches us what life can be like when we see beyond our limitations. You see, this puppy only has three legs. And while the boy is at first disgusted with his new gift, he can't help but be curious about the little dog.
This short film, called "The Present," was created by Jacob Frey and Markus Kranzler as a graduation project for their studies at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The film is based on a comic book strip by a Brazilian artist named Fabio Coala Cavalcanti.
Since its creation, "The Present" has won 59 international awards including Best Animated Short at the California International Shorts Festival, Best Foreign Short Animation at the International Family Film Festival, and Best Animation at the Canada International Film Festival and NYLA International Film Festival. The highly praised film also earned Frey and Kranzler job offers at Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios in California.
We don't want to spoil the film for you, but trust us: You're going to want to watch this one all the way to the end.