Hair Love

Hair Love ★★★★

An absolutely entrancing short. The storytelling is economical as hell, and packs in so much character detail into the slightest beats and expressions; it manages to achieve a Pixar-level number of "I'm laughing, I'm crying, I'm awwwing, I'm crying again" emotional swerves in just 5 little minutes. Great design, not totally well-served by the sometimes jerky animation (something odd is up with the frame rate, I think to make it look closer to hand-drawn), but this is a giant charmer, with the added bonus of a strong message that the film allows to bubble up through the scenario, rather than lecturing it at us.