'Royal Pain' by Natalie Wetzig Shows Death's Playful Nature

By: Andrew Robertson - Published: May 14, 2012 • References: vimeo & presurfer.blogspot
Royal Pain by Natalie Wetzig is a charming animated short about the hassles that a Royal guard must endure while maintaining his post. The film begins with our protagonist, a member of the British Royal Guard, nodding off only to be abruptly woken up by his superior who scolds him in a tone reminiscent of the teacher in Charlie Brown.

In a nearby graveyard a meddlesome Grim Reaper rises from the ground and sees an opportunity to invoke chaos and disarray at the expense of the young guard -- hilarity ensues. Trying to maintain his composure whilst simultaneously attempting to ward off death’s constant practical jokes, the protagonist accidentally fires a shot into the Queen’s chambers.

The film ends with the young guard relinquishing his rifle and hat only to be rewarded with a new attire courtesy of the Grim Reaper; it appears that all death wanted to do was have a little fun. Stats for Meddlesome Spirit-Animated Shorts Trending: Older & Chilly
Research: 670 clicks in 210 w
Interest: 2 minutes
Concept: Royal Pain By Natalie Wetzig
Related: 107 examples / 82 photos
Segment: Neutral, 12-35
Comparison Set: 39 similar articles, including: skill-honing cartoons, crimson fairy tale adaptaions, and transcendental stop-motion shorts.