If Indiana Jones, Goku and RoboCop had a baby, what you would end up with is the star of this engaging animated short by Russian creator and animator Vitaliy Shushko.
On Nov. 12, after nearly two years in the making, Shushko released his first animated short film titled “X-Story,” which was quickly scooped up as one of Vimeo’s “Staff Picks” and viewed over 200,000 times. Shushko is responsible for writing and directing the 13 1/2 minute film that portrays themes of adventure, sci-fi, greed and betrayal — without a single word being spoken throughout the entire thing.
Apparently on a search for treasure, our bionic anti-hero meets his match in the form of a robotic watchdog (of sorts) designed solely for destruction. However, he quickly discovers that the treasure isn’t money, it’s control over this robotic super-weapon, and with that control comes infinite power. And what’s the only thing more sought after than money? That’s right, power.
Watch the entire short film below to learn the fate of Shushko’s soldier of fortune, and if you think the film is rad (which I did), you can find concept sketches and a sweet teaser trailer on Shushko’s blog.