Hernán is a little kid who is constantly getting lost in daydreams. When his father demands that he focuses on schoolwork in order to achieve something in life, he slowly starts losing touch with his imagination just to later discover that success isn’t the key to happiness and that his most important dream is yet to be achieved.
The daydreams are personified by a little cloud, one that slowly fades away over time only to be rediscovered as an adult. This concept along with the style of animation and the sweetness of the delivery make The Boy And The Mountain feel very like a Chilean Pixar movie. Or at the very least, a Chilean John Lewis advert!
Like all good children’s stories, it has a message. Never give up on your dreams. As George McFly would say “If you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything”. It is a simple message but surprising to learn this short animation is based on a true story. That of Hernan Leal. A man who reached the summit of the business world but could never shake off the need for something more.
The Boy And The Mountain reaches the emotional heights thanks to a powerful, uplifting score by Jose Miguel Miranda and Jose Miguel Tobar. Whether big kids, small ones or the inner child we forgot, the film aims to inspire us to keep dreaming.
Director: Santiago Aguilera & Gabriel Monreal
Stars: Signale Villalba
Runtime: 11 minutes