The Lady and the Reaper

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The Lady and the Reaper
Directed byJavier Recio Gracía
Written byJavier Recio Gracía
Produced by
  • Antonio Banderas
  • Manuel Sicilia
  • Enrique Posner
  • Antonio Meliveo
  • Juan Molina
  • Marcelino Almansa
Music bySergio de la Puente
Release date
  • October 2009 (2009-10) (Granada Festival)
Running time
8 minutes
Budget 650,000

The Lady and the Reaper (Spanish: La dama y la Muerte) is a 2009 Spanish 3D imaging animated short film created by Javier Recio Gracía and produced by Kandor Graphics and Green Moon.[1] It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film[2] and won the Goya Award for Best Animated Short of 2009.[3] It was also included in the Animation Show of Shows.[4]


An old lady, who lives alone in the countryside, is looking forward to death so that she may reunite with her deceased husband. When the Reaper finally arrives and she is about to enter the afterlife, she is snatched away from the Reaper by a smug doctor. The Reaper and the doctor fight fiercely, and eventually medicine wins. The impatient Reaper leaves, but the lady is not willing to postpone the encounter with her husband, electrocuting herself with the defibrillator in water, much to the Reaper's dismay and anger.


  1. ^ Finke, Nikki (20 November 2009). "10 Animated Shorts Advance For Oscars". Deadline. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  2. ^ Wallechinsky, David (5 May 2010). "Academy Awards: Animated Shorts 2010". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  3. ^ Kapko, Matt (15 February 2010). "The Lady And The Reaper Wins Goya Award". Animation World Network. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  4. ^ "The Lady and the Reaper". The Animation Show of Shows. Retrieved 27 December 2014.

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