Little Kevin (voiced by Philip Joseph) is busy licking his snotty face at the supermarket. He hides from his mother, opens a packet of lollies off the shelf and gobbles them greedily. An old lady trips over the lollies he’s spilled and falls. Kevin laughs at her helplessness and jumps over her to get to his next treat: a box of ‘Chocky Pops’ cereal with a grinning monkey on the box. Stuffing his face, Kevin notices too late that the monkey has come to life. The monkey stuffs Kevin into the cereal packet and a punch-up ensues. The monkey emerges from the box victorious.
This is evocative 3D character animation: we know from Kevin’s snotty tongue and malicious grin that this boy is up to no good. As the sequence evolves, we see that Kevin is greedy, selfish and ultimately, a loser. It’s hard not to feel pleasure at seeing him get his comeuppance.
Unusually, this short film has credits for 'Muzak’ (Stuart Thorne) and 'Vomit’ (Adrian King).
Serving Suggestion Synopsis
Little Kevin (voiced by Philip Joseph) is a snotty boy who doesn’t heed his mother’s call at the supermarket. He steals lollies, gobbles them and spills them, causing an old lady to fall. He runs over her to get his next treat, a box of chocolate cereal decorated with a monkey’s picture, but then he gets his comeuppance.
Serving Suggestion Curator's Notes
Kevin’s snot is truly gross while the monkey’s metamorphosis from a drawing to a King Kong presence is both humorous and dramatic. Knowing the devil is in the detail, director-animator Tony Thorne uses the 3D format to great advantage.
Greedily feeding his face on the cereal, Kevin is too slow to react; the monkey comes to life and stuffs him into its box of cereal. Kevin struggles, but the monkey wins. In a dark twist, Kevin’s mother, with baby in her shopping trolley, adds a new item to her purchases: it is a box of cereal with Kevin’s face on it, and onto which the baby throws up.
Modelled and animated using Alias Wavefront’s PowerAnimator on a SGI platform at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Serving Suggestion is Tony Thorne’s first film. Since his debut, Thorne has been contributing his considerable animation talents to international and large-scale productions like Valiant (2005), Australia (2008) and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009).
Serving Suggestion was nominated for Best Short Film at the British Short Film Festival in 1998.
Notes by Antoinette Starkiewicz