Do yourself a favor and watch The Green Tie Affair. Don’t think about it: just go to GoEggit and watch it for free. After you’ve been blown away, go to the HIFF website and vote for it (Voting over!). Forget watching the other shorts because they undoubtedly pale in comparison to The Green Tie Affair. Although, to be fair, you should probably watch the other shorts as well, if only to see how much better this one is.
I hadn’t watched it until now because I thought it was going to be some silly thing with puppets in it (it did turn out to be a silly thing with puppets in it, but it was fantastic). This short had me smiling from beginning to end, and I even watched the credits because I wanted to see who was responsible for such a great film.
Yeah, it’s that good.
To summarize: it is a musical about a puppet named Hickey that wears a green tie and has his fashion copied by everybody (except for a certain pair of plaid pushing peddlers). As a result, he loses his identity and sinks into depression.
The great thing about this short is that it has a complete story. Unlike some shorts that either fail to or choose not to tell a whole tale in the small amount of time they have, The Green Tie Affair manages to tell an enjoyable story with a discernible beginning, middle, and end. The story isn’t boring either, thanks to the likable protagonist and characters. It manages to fit humor, suspense, action, drama, romance, emotion, and adventure into the film without turning the story into a mess: it remained coherent and enjoyable throughout.
The story is really held up by the great music which is used in a way that really fit the “short” feel of the film. Because there is no time to set up long plot lines (it is a short, after all), the music is used simplistically and quite obviously ( a good thing!). Vocalized music tells the story outright, and soundtracks compliment the scenes and really adds to the feeling of the situation. The scene where Hickey looks around and sees everyone wearing his style is fit with music that effectively portrays his anxiety. When he is kidnapped, a sudden dark music starts playing. In fact, the quality of the music/story connection reminded me of the level of quality found in a Disney cartoon – extremely well done.
On a related note, the scene with the flower reminded me of the PS2 game Kingdom Hearts. Fantastic!
This was a great short film and not watching it would be a travesty.
The Green Tie Affair is twelve and a half minutes of pure awesome.