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A celebration of student and indie created animations from filmmakers world-wide, this collection will delight and amaze you. Included are shorts plus one feature length film from the UK.

Kobi is a hungry red squirrel who wants something to eat. When some toasts POP out and surprises Kobi, he discovers his new love for toast. Kobi goes on a trip to a toast world - and he only wants more!

Juror comments: Kobi's Toast is just so cute. It's a fun, but somewhat twisted story. It's cute and also kind of dark. The animation is colorful and the music really brings it to life.

The story is about Kobi, a hungry squirrel, who discovers an abandoned breakfast of eggs and bacon. He tries the bacon, but hates it and spits it out. He then tries toast and falls in love so much so that he ends up in the toaster and is toasted.

I like Kobi and how cute he is, but the fact that he ends up burning in a toaster is just dark. The 2D animation is very high quality and you can’t help but fall in love with the squirrel and wonder what will happen next. The action takes place on the window sill where the window is open wide enough for Kobi to sneak in and steal some breakfast and then, on the kitchen counter. Both are well illustrated and seem like realistic possibilities. The music is upbeat and fun; when Kobi fantasizes about toast it becomes very dream like. It builds at the end when he pops out of the toaster. That scene feels comical, but is also somewhat dark. We’re not sure exactly what happens to Kobi when he pops out of the toaster. Kobi is the sole character and is a very lovable and very determined red squirrel. The graphics and background music really make this suitable for a young audience. My favorite scene is the fantasy sequence which is really wild, colorful and fun. Kobi could become an icon on T-shirts or made into plush Kobi toys.

The message of this short film is about loving food so much that it becomes dangerous. You should be forewarned that the scene with the squirrel in the toaster with smoke coming out, along with him popping out as a piece of toast might be disturbing to younger kids.

I give Kobi 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 8 to 18, plus adults.

Reviewed by Samantha B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

  • Year
  • Runtime
  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Director
    Pei Yi Tong
  • Animator
    Pei Yi Tong
  • Composer
    Anton de Bruin
  • Sound Design
    Henry Sims