Killing Time at Home (2003)
A hypochondriac living in isolation orders a ‘disposable friend’, Zinc Dude, from an online service. The creature is initially frightened, but as they play Zinc Dude grows to trust the man, until he sees him ordering a new ‘disposable friend’. The man’s cruelty is revealed when Zinc Dude is thrown in a cupboard filled with hundreds of other discarded ‘friends’. There is an unusual amount of detail in this 2D drawn animation, much of which can only be seen when the film is paused. For example, the labels of products in the bathroom cabinet contain a wealth of oddball humour.
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|Resource Rights Holder||Shorts International Ltd.|
|References||Interview with the filmmaker|
|Year of Production||2003|
|Who||Neil Coslett (Director, Writer, Animator), Nicola Black (Producer)|
|Country of Origin||UK|
|Medium / Content||2D Animation, Fiction, Colour, Sound|
|Themes||Internet, Friendship, Betrayal, Loneliness, Isolation|