Double King is one of those films that seems completely bizarre when you first watch it because it partially is. The entire concept of this nearly 10-minute short revolves around our central character, a snail-like creature that is the king of his respective species. Being king is not good enough for our protagonist though. He wants to be the king of kings. To do so, he kills every king he comes into contact with, taking their crown and placing it upon his own head (or fingers, in the case of tiny insect crowns). He does this without regard to his own health and safety and ends up risking it all in his quest to rule it all.
Stylistically, Double King is reminiscent of many old and cherished video games, quite similar in ways to the universe of the Mario Brothers world. The films electric, ominous, and sometimes choral soundtrack also adds to this feeling, bouncing us from emotion to emotion. The entire project took animator and director Felix Colgrave two years to finish, but his hard work is evident in how well thought out the narrative is and how lushly extravagant the universe is.
Double King revolves around a very central and obvious theme: greed. Nothing is ever enough for our main character, in life or in death, and he always wants more. The flippancy toward life and the attitude of the main character in general really fosters the comedic nature of a film that without it would seem solely dark and absurd.
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