Mr. John Daniel is based on a true story. It is an animated short film project about the human
cruelty to animals and a voice against it. A boy is watching a gorilla exhibition in the Museum of
Natural History in New York. London, 1918. Major Rupert buys a gorilla in the shop. The
animal came to the UK from Gabon, where his mother was shot by French soldiers. Major
Rupert names him Mr John Daniel and gifts him to his sister Alyce. She takes care for Mr John
and treats him like a baby boy. She teaches him how to make his bed, to dine at the table, to play
football with local kids. He is even allowed to drink cider in the pub. He loves to eat roses and
watch the shoemaker at work. After three years he is too big for Alyce. She is unable take care
for him any longer. Alyce decides to send him to an animal refuge in Florida. Unfortunately, she
is tricked, and Mr John ends up in a circus in Madison Square Garden. As his health deteriorates,
the circus director decides to call Alyce. However, she arrives in New York too late. Mr John
dies of pneumonia and ends up on the museum display.
Mr. John Daniel based on a true story. It is a project for an animated short film about the humans cruelty to animals and voice against it. Our little brothers, endlessly trustful and obedient, often betrayed and used by people just for their joy and entertainment.
The film is planned to be made in 2D/3D technique, mixing hand drawn pencil drawings with computer animation. The story will confronts not only two worlds and two eras: XXI century New York and early XX century Britain and the US. It is also build from two different visual styles: a modern colorful world and old black and white memories from the past century. The second one is influenced by Lotte Reiniger’s silhouette-style animated films with black intertitles just like from the silent films. Mr. John Daniel won’t have dialogues, but is planned to be accompanied with soft music, preferably with jazz to emphasize the era even more.