We take it for granted that crash test dummies – save the ones we saw in the short-lived 1990s cartoon series or the Canadian one-hit wonder – are inanimate, unfeeling and altogether without conscience. But what if they suddenly came to life?

That's the premise of a short film called Crush. The two-minute clip is the work of one Malek Rizkallah, who animated it as his final project for the 3D Animation and Visual Effects program at the Vancouver Film School. It revolves around a pair of inanimate mannequins placed inside a Volkswagen Scirocco for a crash test, only to come to life seconds before impact.

It's that impact which you'll need to feel for yourself, so click below to watch the video.

CRUSH from Malek Rizkallah on Vimeo.

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      Leather Bear
      • 11 Months Ago
      Nicely done with one minor quibble (a pet movie peeve of mine): a laminated windshield wouldn't shatter into big, jagged pieces like a plate glass window. Although to be fair, a lot of big Hollywood productions get this (and the breaking of tempered side and rear glass) wrong as well. If I were the grading professor, I'd have deducted a bit from his final grade for this infraction.
      • 11 Months Ago
      Excellent work. You could do some very powerful public safety commercials for the NHTSA.
      • 11 Months Ago
      Neat! Too bad they didn't talk.
      • 11 Months Ago
      They would learn to avoid crashes lol
      • 11 Months Ago
      My god, that's the lamest schit I've ever seen...
      • 11 Months Ago
      Sentimental tosh!
      Marko Mandaric
      • 11 Months Ago
      that was one of the creepiest things i've ever seen.
      • 11 Months Ago
      WTF WAS THAT??
      • 11 Months Ago
      No airbags? They're not going to learn very much about the car's safety systems in this crash test.
      PJ Bear
      • 11 Months Ago
      Bravo, Malek! This piece was absolutely beautiful..and reminded me of the high quality works by Pixar and Disney. And the ending was very touching and sensitive to the heart. Only those with vast imaginations who can see energy and life in inanimate objects could appreciate this wonderful work of art. I can't wait to see more of your work in the future Malek..and your future looks bright indeed. =)
      • 11 Months Ago
      Karol D.
      • 11 Months Ago
      Sorry, but that was just pathetic. And that romantic ending... Erm... Lol?
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