A fairy tale is surrealist storytelling. Fantastical narratives unlock the imagination and offer solutions to our everyday lives through the absurd. In “You Can’t Play With Us” you meet a dinosaur inventor, encounter rapping unicorns made from old socks, and witness a marshmallow avalanche. Despite a feeling of “far, far away,” the emotion in the film feels surprisingly close. An anti-bullying crusade and a search for acceptance offer a heartwarming moral nestled in an unconventional tale.
Built entirely from recycled cardboard, abandoned socks, and hand-dyed t-shirts, our ‘fractured’ fairy tale world employs innovative puppetry and an edgy, lo-fi aesthetic that is both playful and compelling. As the second film in a series of narrative shorts, “You Can’t Play With Us” continues to define and evolve this refreshingly analogue new approach to storytelling.
As filmmakers, we set out to create an intentionally handmade contrast to the highly digital world of children’s programming. Intending more than a moral outcome to a common challenge, we hope to encourage kids of all ages to access the problem-solving power of their own imaginations. As Roald Dahl said, “A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.”