Paddle to the Sea

January 28, 2012 3 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

A young man named Kyle has big dreams, including a desire to travel to the Atlantic Ocean, but he knows such a journey isn’t in the cards, at least not for a while. Since he can’t make the trek himself, he carves a wooden canoe with a Native American inside, with an inscription to return the craft to water, if it is found. The wooden canoe is placed atop a snow covered mountain, but as the snow thaws, the canoe begins a journey of epic proportions. As the canoe passes through various hands and bodies of water, all kinds of obstacles stand in its path, but can it complete its trek to the Atlantic?

This short was based on a Caldecott awarded children’s book and even scored an Academy Award nomination, but Paddle to the Sea remains an overlooked product. With under half an hour to work with, Bill Mason makes every second count and draws us into this simple, but epic journey. The short is able to not only make us pay attention, but to become invested and get behind this wooden creation. A great tribute to the power of nature, Paddle to the Sea offers some wonderful sights, but this isn’t just a travelogue, its a potent short film. Paddle to the Sea might be brief, but it is a memorable experience and with such a low price, this release is well worth a look.

Video: How does it look?

Paddle to the Sea is presented in full frame, as intended. This is a low budget short produced over four decades ago, so to expect perfection would be unfair. The image is solid however, with an acceptable level of grain and softness, but a better visual presence than some might think. The various landscapes look good, with natural, bright colors and accurate contrast, so all the sights come across well.

Audio: How does it sound?

The audio is as basic as could be, so the mono soundtrack is more than sufficient. Aside from narration, there isn’t much except music and it all sounds fine. I didn’t notice any distortion or harshness, so the elements come through in clear fashion. Not much else I can report, a basic mix that sounds acceptable.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes no bonus materials.

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