Sho, a young Shiba Inu, learns about the ancient tradition of sacrifice from his sensei, a wise and disciplinary figure. According to legend, their kind must send away one of their own to appease the angry Gods outside their walls. Shortly after hearing this story, it is revealed that they are actually toys inside a gacha machine, and the “Gods” are just normal humans. One boy in particular, Tsukino, excitedly pays for a toy at the machine Sho lives in. Back inside the machine, the two toy dogs make their way up to the sacrificial temple. As they reach the top, Sho begins to have second thoughts about the sacrifice and makes a run for it. Sensei, fearful for the state of the village, rushes after him. As Tsukino waits for his toy to come out, he becomes more and more impatient. He starts knocking and shaking the machine, causing the toy world inside to crumble. Moments before Sho is crushed by falling pillars, Sensei pushes him out of the way. Seeing how Sensei risked his life to save Sho makes him see the true meaning of being a hero. Sho decides to fulfill his duty as “Hero of the village” and sacrifices himself. Once he is outside the machine, he realizes that there was nothing to be afraid of. Tsukino happily puts Sho, his favorite character, on his backpack and the two of them leave the store smiling.

Credits

  • Susan Huang: Director
  • Stacy Moon: Director
  • Nadya Sugiarto: Director
  • Ringling College of Art and Design: Producer
  • Eric Downs: Key Cast, “Sho”
  • Kenneth Bryant: Key Cast, “Sensei”
  • Daniel Cantor: Key Cast, “Tsukino”
  • Kaitlyn Guerrero: Production Coordinator

Specifications

  • Film Type: Animation, Short, Student
  • Runtime: 3 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date: May 4, 2020
  • Production Budget: 2,484 USD
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Country of Filming: United States
  • Film Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Film Color: Color
  • First-time Filmmaker: Yes
  • Student Project: Yes