Love and Theft

2010, Andreas Hykade

Posted by John Martz, May 20, 2020

How many characters can you identify in Andreas Hykade's Love and Theft? The short is a manic, morphing celebration of the animator's cartoon influences—I spy everyone from Spongebob to Spider-Man, but even references to lesser-recognizable animated figures like Chris Landreth's Oscar-Winning Ryan.

The animation never sits still long enough to focus on any one character, suggesting that the DNA of the animator is a true melting pot, inextricably constructed from all these varying influences, but blended together into something greater than the sum of its parts.