Firmness of purpose; resoluteness.
THE MONK AND THE MONKEY (2010) is a 3D animation film by Brendan Carroll and Francesco Giroldini about Ragu, a young apprentice who longs to fulfill his dreams of becoming a monk. But before he can do so, he must accomplish a task, set before him by his teacher: to bring him back a sacred Fruit from an ancient tree, and our little Ragu does not approach this task lightly. He was told to go to the tree and wait, patiently, for the fruit to fall. He goes to the tree and quietly sits. He ponders as to how he will tackle his task, as he visualizes imagining the fruit in his hands. He must have patience; however, simply “being patient” is often too hard. Just as it is a long-desired goal or a dream, a wish to possess the fruit is more agonizing than just simply waiting for it to fall. This causes him to ascend the tree, and, just when he thinks that his long wait is over–he’s met with an unexpected ‘distraction.’
The Monk and the Monkey cleverly showed that there will always be obstacles in our paths. Are these adversities met with skill and determination? Or do we deter them? What I admired most about watching this short, was that it portrayed a real, humanistic translation–in 3D animation. It proved that when, or if, we are faced with an opportunity to do the right thing, most of the time, we are confident to make the right decision.
Please enjoy The Monk and the Monkey by Brendan Carroll and Francesco Giroldini.
Created by: Brendan Carroll and Francesco Giroldini
Music by: Erez Koskas
Credits: Ringling College of Art & Design