This Emotional Short Will Teach You a Lesson in Generosity
Legend has it that scarecrows can’t have friends. Man often creates them with an air that is between sinister and grotesque, planting them tall in the huge fields. so that with their presence, their pumpkin heads, wooden bodies and straw hands, they may scare the crows.
The wind is the only partner who cherishes our scarecrow’s solitude. Constantly immersed in the eternally empty hours, watching the blades on the mills go around and around, while listening to the wheat fields murmur and sway like golden seas. The crows fly over his head like those who avoid strange creatures.
The protagonist of this short is a lonely scarecrow that goes against his own nature. He craves contact with the crows, and because of it, does not hesitate in performing small acts of kindness every day, in hopes of one day catching their attention …
The power of generosity
This wonderful little animated production will surely touch you. In a way, it also serves as a reflection about ourselves and our sense of loneliness, generosity and our sometimes incomprehensible essence, which characterizes humanity as a whole.
There are many times when we too feel “pinned” to our lonely cornfields, acting nobly whenever possible, giving our hearts a voice, without our acts and prayers being recognized…
Should we perhaps change our attitude in order to suffer a little less? Absolutely. He or she who ceases to practice generosity closes the doors of their heart and stops being themselves. Take a moment to reflect on this.
The legend of the scarecrow
If you love the world of Tim Burton, you find many similarities in the aesthetics of this short. Trees with winding branches, the color scheme of matte and dark grays that forces us to reflect, and get in touch with our inner fears.
When the scarecrow has the opportunity to offer help to a blind crow, after having treated and saved it, he can not help but ask why no one wants to be his friend. To which, the animal responds that all scarecrows are evil and despicable. They fulfill that for which they were created.
Our protagonist was created just as the blind crow described him, with the function of scaring away any and all animals, and especially crows. He was therefore condemned to live in an eternal solitude governed by the cycles of the crop, and the guidelines of men.
He would watch the wheat grow, watch the clouds circle over him and observe as the night became morning. However, it served our scarecrow no good to offer, through a simple act of kindness and generosity each day, all the grain he could in order to stop the crows and get their attentionim. So they could eat, and begin seeing him as a friend.
There are many times when our own actions and efforts are not recognized.
We strive daily to truly make things right for others, not for show or for some kind of benefit. Noble actions are linked to a sincere heart that does not know how to beat otherwise.
In the beginning, our scarecrow is not even aware of it’s purpose. He is limited to rising up tall and handsome every morning outside his field watching the hours go by. As if he himself were not part of a mechanism based on scaring off the crows.
Accept in order to allow change
This is how we feel at some point throughout our life cycle. We think that our path is clear, that what surrounds us defines us, and even come to accept the sorrows and the disappointments.
However, there always comes a time when we are forced to react. Our scarecrow “gets out of his comfort zone” when the raven helps him see the purpose for which he was created. And he reacts, by rebelling: he escapes from the cornfields and asks his master for another job.
All of us are compelled to cross the limits, as well, and break the mold that others, and even society itself, has created for us. Just like the scarecrow, we choose to pull up our roots, without ever losing our essence, our nobility and our generosity.
In this delicate and wonderful short created by Marco Besas and Olivier Nakache, and directed by Marco Besas in 2005, we see what happens in the moment when our sweet and gangly character decides to give up his essence, i.e. the term that initially defined who he was: a “scarecrow.”
What happens next will excite you, make you cry and finally, draw a warm smile with the final flight of the crows which end up acknowledging the generosity of he who always wished to be their friend.