The Saga of Biorn: A Review.

Short: The Saga of Biorn.
Created by: Benjamin J. Kousholt, Daniel D. Christensen, Mads Lundgaard Christensen, Jesper A. Jensen, Jonas K. Doctor, Steffen Lyhne, Pernille Ørum-Nielsen, Frederik Bjerre-Poulsen, Jonas Georgakakis.
Released: 2011.
Running Time: 7.05 min.

This is a Bachelor project short animation from The Animation Workshop about an old Viking trying to find that final battle that will ensure his place in Valhalla equivalent, but finding that it’s a lot harder then he thought.

This short has a style that is fun, colourful, and a bit quirky. There is a professional quality in the smoothness and speed of the movements, and a good use of non-dialogue action with sound. The presentations of the characters and use of the setting for the various follies, was well presented with god attention to what could be naturally utilized in each scene.

The story is where this short really hits it out of the park; a great utilization of comedy that didn’t get old and elicited giggles here and there, particularly with a play on viewer expectation at one point, the ending being rather chuckle worthy. The utilization of the Norse and Christianity themes was well utilized, and the theme that one man’s notion of paradise isn’t necessarily the same as another was well portrayed.

Overall, this is an excellent little animation with great animation, spectacular narrator (wow what a voice!) excellent plot progression, and good utilization of humour that could be watched more than once

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