DreamWorks’ latest CG short Marooned will be released in AMC theaters across the country as a part of the studio’s “DreamWorks Animation Week celebration”.
The film, which is the third to be released from DreamWorks Animation’s new shorts program, tells the story of C-0R13, an abandoned robot that longs to go back to Earth. Together with a deactivated bot, A-L1C1A, C-0R13 uses his last remaining power source to head back to Earth and along the way, learns what it really means to be selfless.
The 7-minute-35-second CG short was directed by Andrew Erekson who also worked on blockbusters like How to Train Your Dragon 3, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, and the upcoming, The Boss Baby 2.
“There were two ideas that inspired Marooned,” Erekson told Indiewire. “The first was, I liked the idea of a character being stranded on a desert island, but not in a traditional island setting. I was trying to think of a different take on that and I came up with the moon. The second thought I found intriguing was the idea of a character sacrificing their ultimate desire so someone else could benefit. That notion was something I felt most of us could relate to.”
Marooned was produced by Jeff Hermann, who started the DreamWorks Shorts program. The initiative was launched last year with the short, Bird Karma. Bird Karma features the hand-drawn illustrations of William Salazar and it tells the story of a bird in pursuit of a fish. So far, there were 3 shorts released from dozens of pitches and more will be coming real soon.
Marooned had its world premiere last month at the Annecy and screened as a part of the SIGGRAPH Electronic Theatre. For a full list of participating theaters, check the AMC website here. Screening starts August 23 to 29, 2019.