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|Directed by||Patrick Jean|
|Produced by||Johnny Alves
|Written by||Patrick Jean|
|Studio||One More Production|
|Running time||2 minutes|
Pixels is a 2010 French animated short film written and directed by Patrick Jean, and produced by Benjamin Darras and Johnny Alves. It is about an invasion of New York City by classic 8-bit video games, such as Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Tetris, Arkanoid, and others.
A man throws away an old television set on a New York City street, but after he walks away the TV turns on and releases a multicolored cloud of pixels. The cloud floats through the city, then breaks off and becomes tremendous versions of classic 8-bit video games, that all start destroying the city. Whenever something in the city is hit or affected by the pixel creatures, it becomes pixelated too.
- Aliens from Space Invaders attack cars, which are turned into pixels and crumble.
- Pac-Man is shown traveling down a subway map, where all the stations look like white pellets from the game. As he eats each one, we see the real station disappear. (The first station he eats has a sign on it, a giant cherry)
- Next, giant Tetris blocks fall from the sky, stacking onto geometric buildings. When one floor is completed, it disappears.
- A swarm of paddles from Arkanoid play against the bricks of the Brooklyn Bridge, slowly destroying it.
- At the top of the Empire State Building is Donkey Kong, who launches huge barrels into the streets below.
- Frogger is seen crossing a busy New York highway, he is the only video game creature that does not cause any damage.
At the end, a giant bomb appears in the streets. When it explodes, the shock wave slowly turns the whole city in pixels, then it spreads throughout the world, and soon Earth is nothing but a giant cube pixel, silently floating through space, which dooms the human existence. The end of the credits are presented as a high score.
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