In issue 139 of 3D World we interview both directors behind The Monk & The Monkey. As a result of the film, both landed jobs at DreamWorks Animation. Watch the film here.
The Monk & The Monkey directors Brendan Carroll and Franscesco Giroldini completed their ambitious short while studying at Florida’s Ringling College of Art and Design, well known for its short and snappy, character-driven student animations.
The Monk & The Monkey is no exception. It tells the story of Ragu, a young boy on his final path to becoming a monk. His task is to sit and wait for a piece of fruit to fall from a tree – but when a mischievous monkey shows up to grab the fruit, the boy is forced to give chase.
When both the monkey and fruit fall from a cliff, the boy has to make a decision: save the fruit and fulfil his life’s ambition as a monk, or save the monkey?