Chris Quick, Andy S McEwan
Let me just preface this review by writing that I really enjoyed the film, "The Happytime Murders" and with that thrown into the wind, it's no stretch that I enjoyed this short film as well. There's just something infinitely amusing about seeing puppets - doing very adult things and involved in some very adult situations. Enter "Autumn Never Dies" from writers Chris Quick and Andy S. McEwan, a short film that I'm sure you've long since guessed, supplies a dose of just that. Puppets and people living adult lives in harmony together - more or less. I simply couldn't wait to hit that play button.
In this short film, our broken hero Danny McGuire, the puppet bird, is in session with his psychiatrist - I believe it's been his eighth visit. Although a puppet, Danny has lived a very adult - and very chaotic, hard life. Through flashbacks that make up the film, Danny explains how he's gotten himself into his current situation - and the life-altering choice he must make right around the corner. Through these flashbacks, we find out Danny is trying to move on from a breakup - with a human woman, and there was a time when he was really, really in bad shape.
From speed-dating to quiz nights at the local pub, to hanging with his best friend and flatmate Nelson the monkey puppet, and even sex, "Autumn Never Dies" definitely doesn't shy away from some adult content as we are brought up to speed on Danny's life. Oh, did I mention this film is a comedy? In case I missed that reader, let me assure you that "Autumn Never Dies" is a gag-a-minute type film. If you're like me and enjoy a healthy dose of bathroom/college humour, there's absolutely no reason at all you won't enjoy this short flick.
With regards to the production elements, "Autumn Never Dies" definitely doesn't disappoint. Chris Quick, who is not only one of the writers but also the director, has set his sights on a crisp, clean production - and accomplishes just that. Nothing flashy yet completely fitting for the project. Everything is well lit, there's no vomit-inducing camera shake, and truth be told - everything just looks nice, neat, and tidy. If you're into sitcom styled television, there's nothing that would even hint this wasn't a larger production. Even the sound was spot on - something oftentimes missed by indie creators. Making me even happier was the fact that the voice acting from the puppets felt perfect. Not overly cartoonish, but just slightly left of what we would consider normal human behavior. As for the actual humans actors involved, what can I say? The fact it's all handled so believably - considering the content - was just as fun to watch as the puppets themselves. I can only imagine what happened behind the scenes - as I personally would probably have been unable to deliver any lines without cracking up.
This short film really was a fun diversion - and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes such shows as, "Paradise PD" or yes reader, even the "Family Guy" series. Although the content is adult, "Autumn Never Dies" doesn't forget that it is a comedy - and presents itself as such. This insane world of puppets and people would definitely be a project worth expanding upon - and as I mentioned sitcoms above, I want to say "Autumn Never Dies" would be the perfect contender for a regular series. I know I'd watch it. Chris Quick, Andy S McEwan, and the entire cast and crew have put together a winner here for sure. On a side note? I also wouldn't mind seeing a little more of the television show that played within this film. Haha.