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Empower your kid to dream and not just be “alike”

“Being a Dad” is one of the most important parts of my life. Therefore I wanted this to be reflected here in the blog, but couldn’t make up my mind how personal I should get. This is why the category is almost empty. Today is a turning point. At least it is a first step.

I was browsing Vimeo and stumbled upon an animation short from Daniel Martinez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez. It is called “Alike” and it’s a beautiful piece about life and education.

The plot: A dad and his son share the same routine. They pack up there stuff in the morning, go to work or school, do what they are told to and return home. Tasks get heavier, creativity and joy are reduced to a minimum. You can really see how all of this fades away. In the end dad and son start losing their individuality and become like everyone else. Although the kid had a dream – to become a violinist –  and was creative in the first place, it was just told to become “alike” everyone else. The beautifully animated 3D characters by Barcelona based “Pepe School Land” will realize in the end what they almost lost.

“You often wonder what is the best thing for your children. This short movie intends to be a reflection in that sense”Daniel Martinez Lara

Our generation should do better and get this straight away. Life is not about fulfilling a duty. It is about giving our kids strong roots, so they can grow and develop their individuality. It is not important to bring these small plants to blossom as fast as possible. What counts is to enable them – even if it is slow and steady – to become an individual, be creative and do something they love, so their blossom lasts a whole lifetime. Pursue your dreams!

Enjoy “Alike”:

If you want to know more about the production and animation process you should check out the making of below or surf to It took over four years to create this story. The soundtrack is just beautiful. A well deserved “Vimeo Staff Pick”.

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