A Dad Is Haunted by His Past as a TV Hero in the Beautifully Animated Pombo Loves You

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Animator Steve Warne has worked on movies like Frankenweenie and the upcoming Isle of Dogs, and his gorgeous stop-motion style is put to perfect use in his new short, Pombo Loves You. It delves into the mind of a man troubled by his long-ago past playing a costumed superhero on a scifi TV show.

Grif is just plodding through life as a jazz-loving dad with occasional custody of his precocious daughter (“Mom says make sure we don’t eat pizza again”) until one night the girl discovers his old costume, complete with giant foam head, tucked away in a closet. Long-suppressed memories stir (and get a little scary) as Grif confronts his neon-bright former alter ego, and relives the accident that ended his career.


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