Carrot vs Ninja: A Quick Tale of Violence

By  · Published on December 13th, 2016

Short of the Day

The title really tells you all you need to know about this one.

Some short films are poignant snapshots of character, or meaningful moments that resound in our emotions past their temporal peripheries, some are compact parables or glimpses of burgeoning sagas, and then some are absurd little episodes that should only exist as cinematic slices because to broaden their content would be to dilute their impact, or in other words, you’d be making too much of a good thing.

Carrot vs Ninja, written and directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, is one such absurd little episode, “a quick tale of violence,” as he calls it, that is a perfect example of a well-made movie slice. It features a classic-‘Stang-driving man-in-black in pursuit of a tiny, fluffy white bunny. One is Carrot, the other is Ninja, and while just who is who might be obvious, neither is what they seem. The resulting film is pretty amusing, pretty stylish, and contains some extremely well-executed visual effects by The Mill L.A.. The bunny alone is worth the price of admission, which yes is free, but you know what I mean.

Every now and again it’s good to step away from the heavy-handedness of drama and go the opposite direction, towards the bombastically anti-dramatic, and Carrot vs Ninja delivers a lot of fun,a lot of adrenaline, and a lot of cool FX for such a short short, and sometimes that’s all you need.

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