Well, it’s officially autumn. And even if it is an unseasonably warm one right now, it’s still a time of year that mixes beauty and melancholy. Which is exactly the tone struck by Fluorescent Hill’s 2014 animated short, Migration. The filmmakers pull out all the stops to give their short a nostalgic haze, filtering every frame until it looks like light-leaked, red-shifted found footage, tracking the migratory patters of an odd, awkward species.

Migration is a mood piece more than anything, with McKenzie Stubbert’s score doing as much of the heavy lifting as any of the animation. It’s not a film to be scrutinized, but there’s something in watching its graceless critters lumber towards their destiny that can’t help but feel uplifting.

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