Too Big In The Tank | Animated Film | 07:35 Min | 2011
Singapore Arts Festival 2011, Tunnel Esplanade

Created in collaboration with the children from Jamiyah Children’s Home


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Joo Choon Lin has been organising art activities for these children in the past year, the result of which is the development of this installation featuring stop-motion animated film Too Big in the Tank. Metaphorical to broken dreams as well as the deep emotional and spiritual struggles of these children, Too Big in the Tank portrays a fish’s desire to make its way into the sea, which ultimately represents its sense of nature, home and security.

Short Synopsis:
WIO has estimated that the dramatic figure of 200 million young and extreme vulnerable children without parental care has been reached. … This unprotected group of more than 200 million orphaned and abandoned children is estimated to grow within the next five years to around 250 million. In 2015, it is predicted, 400 million children and young people will directly or indirectly fall into this category. They have no or limited access to education, food, medical care and family love, and are defenceless against abuse, exploitation and child labour… When children are neglected and forgotten, they grow up too fast. When irresponsibility becomes the rule in a society, its whole system of morality alters. Children establish their own laws, their own hierarchy, and their own methods of distributing wealth. On the one hand, these children grow up very fast. On the other hand, they never really mature; they stay in a strange intermediate condition.

The artist started thinking about making a film about the subject and wanting to tell a story in an almost semi – documentary manner. In the film, the character was confused by the strange situation he stumbles upon. The director toyed with some thoughts along the storyline and gets some inspiration from the selected orphanage. For example, the fish tank in Jamiyah Home. Some objects are selectively chosen to symbolize a connotation. Too Big In The Tank title is metaphorical and trying to show the feeling resembling a fish of wanting to leap out and make its way to the sea, their nature, their home and security.

Film Stills of Too Big In The Tank  

Film Stills of Too Big In The Tank  

Film Stills of Too Big In The Tank  

Film Stills of Too Big In The Tank  

Film Stills of Too Big In The Tank  

Film Stills of Too Big In The Tank  

Film Stills of Too Big In The Tank