What is the purpose of life? Obviously, the answer is to “Crush your enemies. See them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of their women.” And so it is in a new short animated film called Odin’s Afterbirth, in which a Viking takes on a multitude of enemies, most of them supernatural creatures, in a violent and gory takedown.
Originally created in three parts, the animations have been joined into one single 14-minute long epic spanning Midgard and Valhalla, and filled with inventive uses of animation and vivisection. Written and directed by Joseph Bennett, the style is reminiscent of something from the Liquid Television days of animation. The only thing it’s lacking is a kickass metal score by Manowar or Sonata Arctica—then it would truly be a badass Viking cartoon.