I guess The Outhouse must be a big boy website now, because we've been getting some pretty great stuff sent to us for consideration. The latest gem is a five minute short film called Young Wonder, and, despite the reservations one might have about unsolicited emails promoting someone's film on YouTube, it's pretty god damn cool. Written and directed by James Wilkes, the film is described as a "superhero/scifi/game/toy short" which "surprisingly got into the Toronto International Film Festival this year." Wilkes went on to tell us that the film is "basically bat shit insane" and that he made it with his pals. Who are his pals? Oh, just a "couple guys worked on Scott Pilgrim and Resident Evil."
Are you interested yet?
Ok, here's a more official synopsis:
Armed with only the sword of Evil’s Bane, automatic weapons and a bazooka, 8-year-old Sebastian and his 11-year-old brother Chris battle their way through a legion of pop culture menaces on route to getting snacks.
James Wilkes’ Young Wonder combines kinetic and visually stunning storytelling with sincere observations on the nature of boys and the origin of story... play.
You can find out more about James Wilkes and his other work at his website.
As far as the film? Instant gratification, people. Check it out below, and, if you like it... well, Wilkes didn't tell us what you're supposed to do. We guess you should probably share it on social media to help spread the word, or maybe bribe a Canadian festival judge with maple syrup, poutine, and beer with a slightly higher alcohol content that that typically found in American grocery stores. But even if you do nothing, we think you won't regret spending five minutes on this one.