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"The Dam Keeper"
Directors: Robert Kondo and Daisuke "Dice" Tsutsumi
Kudos: San Francisco International Film Festival (Golden Gate Award for Best Family Film)
Lowdown: Clocking in just north of 18 minutes, "The Dam Keeper" is the longest of the bunch. It's a fable of sorts about a Pig whose duty it is to maintain a large windmill, which keeps poisonous clouds away from a tiny animal village. When Pig meets a new student in town, Fox, things begin to change. The technique on display here is pretty jaw-dropping as the film is made of over 8,000 paintings, a blend of hand-drawn animation and brush strokes. Both Kondo and Tsutsumi were formerly art directors at Pixar, working on features like "Ratatouille" and "Monsters University." So you can imagine they have champions in the branch.