A surprisingly upbeat animated short about an astronaut and his dog on the verge of death

Space Bound finds a young astronaut and his dog stranded and running out of oxygen, but this space-themed fantasy film shows that, even in our final moments, we can delight in the wonders of the universe and the companionship of someone we love.

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Ellen Su and Kyle Moy, both students at the School of Visual Arts, created this heart-aching animated short. You can see concept art from the short (and direct any bawling) at the Space Bound Tumblr.

[via Kuriositas]

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DISCUSSION

I think we need to discuss your definition of upbeat. You know, The Perfect Storm is not an upbeat movie just because they are having a good time before it all goes wrong, right?

heart-tugging, poignant..but upbeat??