24th January, 2017
From Passion Pictures and Executive Producer Cara Speller comes the first animated short from acclaimed graphic novelist Robert Valley.
It tells the tale of a charismatic but self-destructive friend living on the edge. The brutally honest story of Robert’s turbulent relationship with a friend from childhood, who cries out for help from a military hospital in China and sets Rob on a wild ride to get him home. This is a 32 minutes animated film that takes place over the course of 25 years. The following excerpt from the film best explains what the story is about.
“Drink and smoke… that’s what Techno Stypes really likes to do, and fight. He was in no condition to fight. He was sick, really sick. His disease had whittled him down to a shadow of his former self. He was crippled from a car accident when he was 17 but that’s not how he lost his big toe. He lost that in a motorbike accident, yeah he was broken alright… what the hell was he fighting for anyway and what was he still doing in China? His father had given me two clear instructions: 1. Get Techno to stop drinking long enough to receive the liver transplant, and 2. Get him back home to Vancouver. This was not going to be easy.”
Conform and grade were performed at Onsight by Senior Colourist Max Horton. Pear Cider and Cigarettes has now been nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Short 2017!