Starring Sam Elliott as the voice of a dog. Yep.
A man walks through the desert. His heart is broken, and so is his car. And his phone. But as he wanders he comes across a dying dog lying in the sand. He tends to the dog, and to his surprise, it thanks him, verbally – in the voice of Sam Elliott, no less – and reveals itself as a beast of mystical qualities willing to grant the man a single wish for his generosity of spirit.
This is the basic premise behind Limbo, a short film written and directed by Will Blank based on an untitled graphic novella by Marian Churchland. The man is Raul Castillo (Riverdale, Looking) and the canine visual effects – it’s a puppet! – come from Tim Martin and Dave Penikas of Studio ADI, who worked with director Guillermo Del Toro on Hellboy. As such, Del Toro has seen the film and given it his thumbs up, calling it “excellent.” And you know what? He’s right.
Limbo is the best kind of fantasy, in my opinion, one that doesn’t stray too far from the real world and instead makes one minor adjustment to the laws of logic, resulting in a familiarly unfamiliar atmosphere. And of course, being that he’s a American treasure, Sam Elliott really drives home the film’s gravitas with an inspired performance that seems tailor-made for the actor’s trademark baritone.
Limbo has been the toast of many a film festival, and pressing play below will show you why: it’s smart, sharp, well-balanced, expertly performed, and beautifully realized. And one more time, just to drive home the awesomeness of this: Sam Elliott is the voice of a dog puppet. You’re welcome.
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