One Man Band

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"Vibrant and Whimsical!"
  • G
  • 2006
  • 4 min
  • 7.6  (16,844)

One Man Band is a short animated movie from 2005 directed by Mark Andrews and Andrew Jimenez. It tells the story of two street musicians that face off against each other in a small Italian village. The movie was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. The movie starts with the set up of the premise. In a small Italian village, there are two street musicians, one is an old man with a traditional band, and the other is a young girl who plays a one-woman-band set. They both play in the same spot, but the old man has significantly larger crowds and makes a lot of money. The young girl is in dire need of money to buy a new pair of shoes, so she decides to earn it by playing her instrument that she has set up close to the old man's.

This starts a competition between the two, as they try to attract the attention of the people passing by. The old man tries to drown the young girl out by going bigger and louder than she does. He adds additional instruments to his band, and the crowds get bigger, and the money comes in.

The young girl is stubborn and tries to keep up but finds herself constantly drowning in the old man's sound. That is until she meets an actual one-man band, who with his magical instruments, can create orchestral sounds all by himself. The young girl finds that she has finally found a solution to beat the old man and win over the crowds.

But, as she decides to steal the one-man band's thunder, she soon finds that making quick money isn't what it's all about. She soon understands the value of true musician camaraderie and the pleasure of making music together.

The movie is filled with Pixar's trademark breathless action sequences, stunning visuals and unique animation style. The sets and the village's landscapes are beautiful and are meticulously created to look like a small Italian village. The characters are all given detailed personalities, with the old man being grumpy and stern and the young girl being cheeky and resourceful. This gives a sense of realism to the story, despite the characters being animated.

The music in the movie is exceptional, and the sound design is sublime. The usage of the one-man band's magical instruments and gadgets creates unique sounds that blend perfectly with the orchestral score. The music is central to the story and is used to drive the narrative forward.

One Man Band is a movie that highlights the importance of collaboration and the joy of music. It has a wholesome message built into it, which is perfect for kids and anyone who loves music. It's a short and sweet movie that showcases the power of music and how it brings people together.

In conclusion, One Man Band is one of Pixar's most underrated animated shorts. It's a beautiful movie that resonates with people, no matter their age. From the stunning animation to the music and the sound design, every single element of this movie is exceptional. It's a story about music, camaraderie, and the power of working together. One Man Band is a movie that showcases what animation can do when it's used to tell poignant stories that resonate with viewers. This is a must-watch movie for anyone who loves music, and it's something that will leave you feeling happy and satisfied.

One Man Band is a 2006 animated movie with a runtime of 4 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.6.

One Man Band
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    7.6  (16,844)