|A cute animated puppy in the short film "The Present"|
is stealing millions of hearts, including mine.
Apparently, so do a lot of other people, for good reason.
The animated short film is called "The Present" and starts with a boy playing video games, and his mom arriving home to bring him a cardboard box containing a gift.
At first, the boy hates the gift, which is a cute puppy.
Intense animal lovers like me will wince at what happens next, as the boy harshly shoves the puppy away as the little dog turns out to be quote, unquote, imperfect.
But keep watching as the film's messages of persistence, positive attitudes and solidarity unfold.
"The Present" was created by Jacob Frey and Markus Kranzler in 2014 as a graduation project while they were students at Filmakademie Baden-Werttemberg in Ludwisburg, Germany, says SFGate.com
At last count, "The Present" has won something like 60 international awards in several countries.
The great work on "The Present" certainly didn't hurt Frey and Kranzler. They now work at Walt Disney and Pixar, respectively.
Here's the video: