Special Delivery is an animated movie created by Eunice Macaulay; English animator and producer, and John Weldon, Canadian actor, composer, animator and movie director. In 1979, the film won the Oscar for best animated short. Special Delivery has been considered the funniest short of its time. I think it is a high quality movie but to simply say it’s ‘’funny’’ is insufficient. Adultery, crime, money concerns, justice, egocentrism are subjects treated in this 7 minute movie. I think it’s more a comment on humanity’s weakness and fearfulness. The funny part of the movie, in my mind, is that as the movies continues more and more bad situations, failures, mistakes and poor judgements keep arising. As a viewer, I could not believe the accumulation of mistakes Ralph and his wife managed to make in just seven minutes.
Another quality of the movie is the simplicity of the drawing, allowing the spectator focus on the plot and not on the décor. Notwithstanding the simplicity of the animation the body’s movements are well studied and represented. Emotions are easily recognizable in the animated figures: The position of the body is often characteristic of the feeling it portrays.
The movie also comments on the justice system and the health system. Both the police and the doctor make mistakes. It makes some social observations as well: such as when the police wonder how a postal worker could own such a big house? As well, the “fear” that many characters have of the power of the postal workers union.
In conclusion, this is a movie well put together in only 7 minutes. It makes some big general observations, and the narrator’s steady and unwavering tone – with all of the craziness going on – almost makes the plot and the interactions seem normal or matter-of-fact.
 Wise, Wyndham, Eunice Makaulay, February 28, 2012, http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/eunice-macaulay/ (accessed October 1, 2014).
Wise, Wyndham, Eunice Makaulay, February 28, 2012, http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/eunice-macaulay/ (accessed October 1, 2014).