Word Up, World is an fun, eclectic new film by JJ Walker. It’s a series of six vignettes addressing serious problems in the world, but with a light touch. JJ employs a colorful, humorous and sometimes silly approach to topics like gun violence, pollution, animal cruelty, deforestation and the growing income gap.
The intention is to inspire optimism without resorting to heavy-handed didacticism. JJ had this to say about it: “It was a fun project for me… and satisfying as well. Obviously it wasn’t commissioned by anyone, I just wanted to see how these issues could be reinterpreted in a different way.”
The films are a great mix of styles and animation techniques that are really enjoyable. JJ is both a great illustrator and talented animator, and it’s always great to see someone spend time and energy making something they believe in and want to share. Nice one!
Great sound design by Hunter Curra as well.
You can also see the films individually at Hornet.