First group project! So, we took a deeper look into Glen Keane’s short film, Duet, creating a narrative to coexist with the film that explains how we percieved the developement of the characters. From a broad point of view, we analyzed the developments undergone by our characters, Mia and Tosh, as they go from babies with little interest in one another to adults in a loving relationship in under four minutes.
At first, Mia is clearly interested in Tosh. Early on, she stares at him with affection while he doesn’t seem at all attached to her. As a young girl, she trips and falls into a bush while staring at him, while he doesn’t seem to care and simply goes on exploring. This is juxtaposed with their meeting later on in the film, during which she trips and falls and Tosh catches her. Not only does this contrast represent Tosh’s newfound love for Mia, but it also represents his growth and maturity that he lacked as a boy. At that moment, it becomes clear that they will be together.
Throughout the film, we touch on some symbols that add layers in helping us understand Mia and Tosh. The dog, which persistently appears throughout the film, represents the youth of the characters, as they often give the dog more attention than they do each other. Another symbol that we examined was the presence of birds. Their most powerful utilization comes when Mia and Tosh are loving adults, as free as birds. Mia, dancing freely, turns into a flock of birds, which quickly turns into Mia and Tosh embracing one another at last. In short, the dog represents childhood while the birds represent adulthood.
Some lasting images and symbols that Keane leaves us with are Tosh, Mia, and the dog atop a lone rock. Tosh and Mia, now loving adults, stand unified and mature, but the presence of the dog is used to show that there are still remnants of their childhood that are still with them. The very last scene of the trio fading into the distance, kept together by the glow of a star, is representative of their small, bright story within a much larger sea of stories. Every person has had a different life story and experience, and Duet reminds us of that in the end.
In response to Glen Keane’s short animated film, Duet, we will take a deeper look at the journey that the boy and girl go on and how it all leads to their eventual connection. When we looked into the video more, we learned that the boy and the girl that we meet in this short film are named Mia and Tosh
Here, when the baby girl, Mia is born, she grows from conception to a baby. Then soon after she first meets the boy, Tosh. Tosh crawls by Mia and doesn’t think anything of her, but Mia stares at him and it seems that he means something to her. She is then distracted by the dog, and this shows the childish joy of being young. The dog then runs off with Tosh and they go exploring into new ground together.
Mia’s starting to have aspirations for the future, being a dancer, as she heads off in the opposite direction as Tosh. This begins the recurring theme of them taking separate paths but coming together in the end. It doesn’t seem forced into the film, it just naturally happens.
Grown up more, she then sees Tosh again and is clearly infatuated with him. Tosh, on the other hand, seems to be more focused on adventure, as most young boys are. He runs away looking for adventure, leaving his dog behind, and then climbs into the tree. Up in the tree, he finally sees the girl when he’s free from distraction. He pauses on a branch and finds himself staring at Mia who is a few branches higher, staring back at him. For the first time, we see Tosh match the interest in Mia that she showed in him. Mia is the first to break the stare as she dances off the branch enticing Tosh to follow her. Mia leaps from the tree, twirling joyfully into a sea of water. As she smiles, dances, and grows, she lands in a park no longer an adolescent.
We haven’t seen Tosh since the gaze in the tree, leaving us unaware of if he will pursue Mia. When she falls and Tosh catches him, we become sure that the two will try to be together. For the first time, when the dog tries to pull away Tosh, he resists and tries to stay with her.
They go onto pursue their dreams and do what they like to do. Mia dances and becomes a professional in her adult life, and Tosh goes on a daring adventure. He leaves his dog, representing his childhood, behind as shifts his focus towards Mia and adulthood. He’s no A bird flies from Tosh to Mia, symbolizing freedom. Mia continues dancing, and turns into a flock of birds, once again symbolizing freedom. The birds turn into them embracing one another, representing their freedom to be together. The camera circles them as they kiss and are on what seems to be the peak of a mountain. They shrink into the distance and become a star, showing that there are many other stories like this in the world. Despite this, they shine the brightest.