“Painted Flower” is a short from Vietnam that concerns two big-eyed girls in art class assigned with — what else — painting a bouquet of flowers. One student is fixated on getting as close to the real look as possible; the other is less concerned with such matters.
What makes this short great is how it communicates so much emotion without saying a word. It’s a foreign cartoon, but the dialogue — represented by pictures in thought balloons rather than words — is universal. The animators used a lot of traditional anime techniques like speed lines and deformed expressions to punctuate emotions.
Also: is it just me, or does the music in this short sound a lot like the Inspector Gadget theme?