Harvie Krumpet is a 2003 Australian animated short film directed by Adam Elliot. It is an expectedly strong work from the director that deservedly won an Oscar.
It is about a Polish immigrant who has always had bad luck in his life, but who still remains optimistic. I really enjoyed this story. It is a typical work from Adam Elliot meaning that it is a combination of weird humor and poignant emotion. And although it is definitely subpar to ‘Mary and Max’ because it does feel repetitive in its storytelling, this is still such a good short that was riveting to watch.
I loved the main character as he is such a pleasant goofball. Those intertitles with various facts are some of the comedic highlights as they were so funny. The film does have such a strong, pleasantly weird tone to it and nice humor. The message of the film is wonderful and greatly conveyed in that beautiful ending. The directing is great, the editing is pretty good and the film is involving from start to finish and always well crafted. The clay animation here is phenomenal with excellent character designs, great interiors and superb attention to detail. It could have been even more emotional, but it is mostly a poignant and satisfying film that rightfully won its Oscar.