Just Add Milk: Short Film
50% of proceeds will go to (single parents charity? Education against gender roles? Same sex couple children? Feminist orgs, big brother big sister)
Rooted in 90s nostalgia and drawing from a Saturday-morning breakfast-over-cartoons aesthetic, this four-minute, slapstick animation articulates how simple effort, willingness to try in the face of fear, and so much more can come through in day-to-day parenting efforts. In this case: frying bacon…extra crispy.
The aesthetic vision for this animation is that of a childhood memory. From crayon-sketch backgrounds to the elastic, eccentric movement of the dad, all the way to unforgettable 90s references (Hi-C Ecto Coolers, anyone?). Wall-height markings and loony expressions give the visuals camp while Cool Whip container tupperware and Lisa Frank unicorn stickers ground the animation in true memory.
This light-hearted animated short is an interpretation of my own memory. As my mom spent many mornings out building her own business, my dad was tasked with making breakfast after long hours working overnights. This short is a fond tribute to parents putting their best foot forward.
I wrote this story for two reasons: one, I believe that, as a society, we’re light on content in this area. The more we see parents doing their best and empowering their children the better we’ll be. Secondarily, it’s just fun. Levity is important.