Modern society tells us to do well in school, work as hard as we can, and eventually teach our kids to do the same. Unfortunately, that often means creativity dies – because it doesn’t fit traditional models of success. This is an endless cycle that doesn’t exactly leave much room for creativity. This short film talks about encouraging people to look at things a bit differently, and is striking a cord.

Alike, a Pixar-like affair by Madrid-based animators Daniel Martínez Lara and Rafa Cano Méndez, is a 7-minute lesson on what happens to your life when creativity is drowned out by the daily grind. It’s also about parenthood, and the importance of letting kids to forge their own journeys, and is also dedicated “to our families, for helping us not to lose our colour.”

Animators from Madrid, Daniel Martinez Lara and Rafa Cano Mendez, wanted to tell us that it should not be the way life was in the past and nowadays. This is a good reminder to be careful about how we raise children in order to live happily. Many of us can relate to both the child and the adult in this film on some level. Feeling restricted as a child with so many limitations on what is acceptable, then feeling so completely and utterly depleted as an adult.

This critically acclaimed short film was made entirely with a type of software called Blender, an open-source 3D rendering program. While super simple, the film is no less beautiful as a result, and carries a lesson that we should take with us.