Playfully realized with the charm of a Saturday morning cartoon, yet layered with bittersweet notions about friendship, grief, and solitude, Russian animator Konstantin Bronzit’s latest 15-minute film “We Can’t Live Without Cosmos” is a bite-size animated masterpiece that is as profoundly moving as it’s enchantingly entertaining. The film won the Cristal award at Annecy 2015 and is currently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short. Bronzit was previously nominated for an Oscar for “Lavatory Lovestory.”
On a mission to become the top cosmonauts in their class and earn the privilege to go into space as a team, two lifelong friends work tirelessly everyday using their common dream as fuel to endure the challenging tasks. Their bond, an idealized iteration of fraternal companionship that we could all aspire to, clearly emerges as a more significant and precious motivation than the outer space voyage itself. With clever visual gags, endearing character design reminiscent of bygone artistry, and inventive sharp editing, Bronzit’s virtuous storytelling abilities amuse and tug at our heartstrings till the very last shot.
“We Can’t Live Without Cosmos” is one of the best films of the past year of any length and in any medium. The film had a U.S. theatrical run as part of “The 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows” in the fall, but The New Yorker recently made the film available in its entirety through its column dedicated to short films titled The Screening Room.
Watch the heartwarming Oscar-nominated short below