Bubby and Son

A frog named Bubby and his tadpole son live in an abandoned watering can. Bubby’s son is kept in a glass jar so that Bubby can easily tend to him. One day a woman rediscovers her watering can, and transports it over to a nearby lily pond, dumping out Bubby and his son. They’ve lost their home, but the tadpole is now free to swim outside the bounds of his jar, and Bubby realizes that this incident is a good thing after all.

  • Gwenaelle Du-Thumm
  • Bryce Gray
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 3, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Pratt Institute
Director Biography - Gwenaelle Du-Thumm

Gwenaelle (Gwen) Du-Thumm is a rising junior at Pratt Institute, with a major in 3D Animation and a minor in Film/Video. Bubby and Son is Gwen's second animated short film, created during the Spring 2023 semester. Gwen is greatly inspired by the realms of fantasy and is an art history enthusiast. You can see more of her work at https://gwenduthumm.wixsite.com/my-site .

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Director Statement

With Bubby and Son, I wanted to tell a story about endurance, change, and growing up. Bubby's son, the tadpole, is kept safe in its jar, yet that means he is restricted to live in a protected bubble. When disaster strikes, they lose their home, but the tadpole has now been freed. Sometimes it is okay to let go, and there is always something good to come of something bad. For the visuals, I was inspired by the lovely watercolor children's book illustrations I remember from when I was a child, such as Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. I was also attracted to the macroscopic world, such as is shown in the animated Studio Ghibli film "The Secret World of Arrietty." I hope that those who watch this film get some joy and comfort from the squishy little frog Bubby, and are left with a feeling of content.