Rebooted Review – Short Film Friday

We love short films. Like REALLY love short films. in a given week we’ll go through upwards of 10-20 short films between us. something about being able to digest a fully formed cinematic experience in one easy portion really sits well with us. Give us a 4-10 minute, Like Rebooted, on our lunch break any day! We wanna share that passion with you guys. Hopefully you’ll also catch the bug.

We’re by no means professional critics, but we ARE film makers and we love watching, and talking about the movies we love, hate and/or inspire us. More than anything we want to open up the the discussion and see what you think of the short films we recommend. Admittedly it’s a little different for a media company, but we hope you’ll like it hopefully soon we can turn it into a podcast/vlog.

Ground rules

We wanna make sure you’re clear about certain things though. These are the ground rules of what we’re reviewing.

  1. All films will be short film. A Feature film has to be at least 75mins of runtime. We don’t wanna watching anything that long though. So no features masquerading as shorts. all films reviewed will be 30 mins give or take a few minutes.
  2. The review will be short – Makes no sense to have long reviews for short films. Aside from this one, we’re gonna try to keep the review down to 3-400 words.
  3. 4 parts to all reviews – Deets (critical details about the film), The Good, The Bad, and the Remarkable
  4. Keeping it Positive – We’re ONLY gonna talk about films we like. There’s enough negativity in the world without us adding to it, plus we don’t wanna waste your time. To that end we won’t be giving ANY numbered rating.

So Without Further Adieu, let’s get to it.

Rebooted – The Deets

  • Description: It’s not easy for a movie-star to age – especially when you’re a stop motion animated skeleton monster. Phil, once a terrifying villain of the silver-screen, struggles to find work in modern Hollywood due to being an out-of-date special effect.
  • Runtime: 12:46 mins
  • Written and Directed by: Michael Shanks
  • Produced by: Chris Hocking, Nicholas Colla, LateNite Films
  • Director of Photography (Animation): Gerald Thompson
  • Directors of Photography (Live Action): Max Walter
  • Stop Motion Animation: Samuel Lewis

The Good

Rebooted Skeleton in his Heyday
Skeleton was a STAR baby!

There’s quite a few things to love about this film. Right from the start, as a child of that old spaghetti western celluloid film world, I really enjoyed the introduction to Rebooted. It was a nice bit of nostalgia and detail that gives context and frames the world the central character comes from. very clever film making.

You can see that the film makers here enjoyed “Wreck it Ralph” in particular. There’s a conscious effort to ground and create empathy with the skeleton. It’s very effective.

The wider message of the film, how technological advances have impacted everyone, is not missed, but is treated with much care.

The Bad

There really isn’t much bad here. If there was it was actually the actual humans who at times showed their inexperience acting with high end VFX. Other than, there really isn’t much to really complain about.

The Remarkable

Rebooted - Skeletons gotta audition now
It ain’t easy on these streets for a skeleton

I love stop motion. One of my earliest experiences as a child was watching King Kong. I was spellbound. There’s nothing like it, and it’s very hard to simulate. Rebooted does a good job of simulating it here.

I was also enamored by the choice to go silent. It’s genuinely a brave decision, and was effectively done here. The director clearly was flexing his understanding of musical story telling. It’s only on second watching that you notice how many audio choices took place. If you’re a lover of how music can tell story, you’ll appreciate this.


All in all this was more than a good effort, and well worth the time. The movie is below so you can watch it right here. Give yourself a few minutes, watch it, and tell us what you think. If you have any recommendations also leave them below. Don’t forget to like share and subscribe to us on social.

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