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Wönky Films Releases New Short, ‘The Nether Regions’

Directed by Maria Lee, the stop motion short film featuring the sonorous voice talents of Brian Blessed was produced over a twelve month period.

Wönky Films has announced the release of their short film The Nether Regions online. The stop motion short film has been directed by Maria Lee and features the sonorous voice talents of the mighty Brian Blessed.

Wielding untold power at the helm of a vast and mighty realm may sound glamorous but no one tells you about the sleepless nights and the unrelenting stress, but that's what the Devil must deal with on an eternal basis. Even in Hell, there's no escape from bureaucracy but occasionally he does manage to slip away. With the most magical healing hands in all the nine circles of Hell and a sympathetic ear, it is Sven's Massage Parlour to which the Devil makes his first port of call.

The short film was produced at Wönky over a twelve month period between October 2011 and October 2012. During this time director Maria Lee would sneak off into Wönky’s secret stop-motion “bunker” whenever there was a spare moment around Wönky’s commercial projects. With only one person in mind for the voice of the devil, Maria wrote a special letter to the fabulous Brian Blessed and was delighted when he agreed to lend his voicing talents to the project. The short film has spent the last year and a bit travelling to various film festivals and is now set for its online release. 

The release of The Nether Regions is another step in a busy few months for Wönky Films and their short films having released their fast paced short film Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road? online back in January, followed by Writer’s Block in April, which went on to rack up over 50,000 views and become a Vimeo Staff Pick, and was featured on Short of The Week.

As has become common place with the release of Wönky’s short films, they also have a companion iOS app for the short film. The app which is available for free via the Apple app store for both iPad, iPhone and iPod now contains the full film, a look behind the scenes with additional content including storyboards and animatics.

Also included in the app is your chance to become a therapeutic touch practitioner by massaging the biggest ego of them all...THE DEVIL!! Wönky’s mini-game "Massaging the Ego" lets you touch the devil in places you never imagined. It’s easy to pick up, but devilishly difficult to put down. Have you got what it takes to become an expert therapeutic touch practitioner?

Source: Wönky Films

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Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.