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Even Pigeons Go to Heaven

Even Pigeons Go to Heaven, 2007

A priest tries to sell an elderly man a contraption that he claims will transport the man to heaven.

This animated short has plenty of dark-edged whimsey, but fumbles in its conclusion.

The first half of the short is pretty solid as a critique of the way that some religions create a transactional dynamic by making the focus of the film a person literally selling a pathway to heaven. And there’s a great visual gag involving what the old man sees inside the machine versus what’s happening outside of it.

But despite a pretty solid premise, the film doesn’t quite know how to end. It doubles down on being cynical, and just doesn’t stick the landing.