“Afterwork” by Aguilar and Usón

  • ©Andres Aguilar and Luis Usón  MATTE CG


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    We are all condemned to work and repeat again and again the same empty routines. Can we reach that carrot with which they want to keep us forever occupied, chasing eternally something we do not need? Groompy, a funny cartoon, is about to find out.

    The cartoons entertain us, they make us laugh, they make everything shine even though we have had a bad day at work and are our best friends when we feel alone. But, do we know what they do when the screen goes off? Do we know who they really are? Are they happy? Without realizing it a laugh may become a grimace of despair. Afterwork is a short film that reflects on what cartoons, work, routines and alienation represent. Takes place in a world in which cartoons, of flesh and bone attempts to find meaning in their existence. When one invests almost three years of his life in making a 6 minutes piece of animation, it raises many questions. Why am I telling this story? To whom? Will it taste or produce rejection? Will it be forgotten or will it last? These are questions that, over time, can become obsessive and, in some cases, destroy you, maybe not as a person but at least as an artist. Afterwork is the answer, a mix of Aleanating jobs, nonsense life and cartoons. Produced by MATTE with the collaboration of some of the best animation artists of Spain, Ecuador and Peru.

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