The Present

The Present

“The Present” is a multi-awarded short animated film directed and animated by Jacob Frey. It is his thesis short from the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany and is based on a great little comic strip by the very talented Fabio Coala. The production is by Anna Matacz & Jacob Frey.

The short tells the story of a boy who rather spends his time indoors playing videogames instead of discovering whats waiting in front of the door. One day his mum decides to get a little surprise for her son, which makes it hard for him to concentrate on his video game.

Jacob Frey is a director and character animator from Germany. During his second year at the film academy he had the opportunity to work as an animator for three months at Black Rock Studios in Brighton, UK. After finishing his third year he decided to take one year off from uni and went to Psyop, Los Angeles where he had the chance to work on several spots such as “Coke Happiness Factory”, “Twinnings”, “Norton – Stuff” and some others. Having spent ten months at Psyop he learned a lot of things about animation and he is really thankful for not having been treated as an intern, but as a proper animator instead. Coming back to Germany and being back at university he considered himself lucky, getting the opportunity to work on Studio Soi’s animated book adaption of Julia Donaldson’s children book “Room on the Broom”. After finishing “The Present” and graduating from Filmakademie, he went to Walt Disney Animation Studios to take part in their Talent Development Program. There he worked as an animator on the feature animated film “Zootopia”.

For more on Psyop click here.
To read Fabio Coala’s comic strip in English click here.


  1. loved this. caught me by surprise.

  2. I wasn't expecting that but boy...this did not disappoint. I loved it...I'd definitely want to see more. Bravo.

  3. I still love this short after multiple screenings.

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