This Beautiful Animated Short About a Kiwi Brought Me to Tears

In anticipation of my trip to New Zealand, my coworker sent me this animated short about a kiwi bird.

kiwi short

When I saw it was someone’s Master’s Thesis project, I wasn’t expecting to be blown away.  But not only was the short fantastic, it ended up bringing me to tears.  It’s beautiful in a really bittersweet way.

Dony Permedi made this short over ten years ago.  He writes:

My Master’s Thesis Animation, which I completed while I was at The School of Visual Arts, MFA Computer Art, in New York City. Created using Maya, After Effects, and rigged using The Setup Machine by Anzovin studios. If you would like to download there is a small version at my website:

The short has an 8.2 rating out of 10 on IMDB.  For someone’s Master’s Thesis.  And it very much has a Pixar feel to it.

It’s also relevant, I promise.  But I don’t want to say too much before you watch it.


Let’s just say we aren’t the only ones who have aspirations.

About Jeanne Marie Hoffman

Former bartender, still a geek. One equal part each cookies, liberty, football, music, travel, libations. Stir vigorously. +Jeanne Marie Hoffman Jeanne on Twitter

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  1. Ok but does he go splat at the end? Poor little kiwi

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