This paper is a companion to my thesis film, CoCo Nut. Thesis film is the third animation I made at RIT. From Position (one quarter film) to Noble (two quarter film), the core focus of my story moved from individuality to family; so for my third and last film at RIT, I wanted to make my country the core essence of my story. The idea of my thesis film is about Taiwan, where I was born and raised. It is a story on the importance of cooperation. Due to our unique historical and political background, the two ruling parties of Taiwan, Kuomintang (the National Party) and Minjintang (the Democratic Progress Party) are constantly engaging in political struggles. Mutual checks and balances are common factors in a democratic society, however if the ideological disputes are inappropriately exploited, the opposing views are taken to the extreme and people’s livelihood can only be negatively impacted as a result. This is what is happening in Taiwan right now. People of the same race and culture are split into opposing groups by ideological propagandas inspired by two parties. Disunity only results in degraded quality of life. The two characters of my story, Kuo (blue) and Min (green), are shown chased by a sea monster to an island. To quench their thirst, they cooperate to fetch the last few coconuts left on the island. When both of them wanted to possess the biggest coconut, they begin a fight that almost results in their death—completely unaware that the sea monster is still lurking in the water, waiting to swallow them. At last, they realize that the only chance of survival is through collaboration. They relinquish their dispute, team up together, defeat the sea monster, break the coconut with the monster’s teeth, and share the sweet coconut juice. Through my animation, I wish to convey to my audience the simple idea that mutual tolerance and cooperation are vital for all of us sharing this tiny planet, particularly for those of us from Taiwan. It is only through mutual tolerance and co-effort can we make our tiny home a better place to live.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Computer animation--Themes, motives; Computer animation--Technique; Animated films--Themes, motives; Animated films--Technique; Sea monsters--Drama; Cooperation--Drama
Department, Program, or Center
School of Film and Animation (CIAS)
Su, Jiunnfu, "Co co nut" (2009). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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