– day and night –
“and Pixar has done it again!” is a quotation that has rolled of my tongue maybe a few too many times.
I have been a lifetime fan of Pixar Animation Studies, being constantly drawn to the wonder of a world so distant in reality yet so near in emotion. Their remarkable stories have entertained many generations of audiences and hold something special for both the young and the young at heart.
Lesser known than the ocean tales of Finding Nemo and the creative take on reality in Toy Story, Day and Night, an animated short film, follows the story of two characters embodying the time of day and their curious first encounter with each other.
Despite seeing this short animated film nearly seven years ago, there is still something about it that resonates so clearly with me. There is this sudden feeling of divide and hatred that fills the beginning, yet this overwhelming sensation of joy expressed by the characters as their relationship grows. They share their different takes on the world and the other person not only accepts that but embraces it for its entire value and worth.
“Fear of the unknown.
They are afraid of new ideas.
They are loaded with prejudice, not based upon anything in reality, but based on…
if something is new, I reject it immediately because it is frightening to me.
What they do is just stay with the familiar.
You know, to me, the most beautiful things in all the universe, are the most mysterious.”
Pulled from the 1970’s lecture from Dr. Wayne Dyer, an American philosopher, these are the only words spoken in the five-minute film. It calls upon the viewer. It redirects the eye. It beckons every ear. These words mean something to us and the characters alike.
Day and Night defies the laws of prejudice that the characters once believed to be true. They bestow the beauty of each other, of their own lives, of their own beliefs, upon each other and they become more and more enthralled by it every second. They do not stand in fear. They do not stand in opposition. They embrace their loving differences.
In the end, once they realize the extent of their differences yet the fascination that it brings them, they become the same. In the end, they are the same, as one sun sets and the other sun rises. The two beings become one. And once more, Day and Night live in harmony.
“To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.” – Walt Whitman