The two animated short films, Miyako and The Monster Under My Bed, both tell of young girls with monsters under their beds. The two shorts are great for teaching compare and contrast.
A young Japanese girl sleeps beside her wooden doll. During the night, the doll awakens suddenly alert. The doll leans over the side of the bed and spots a large black shadow monster. The doll pulls out her sword to attack. She swings it at the monster, cutting it in two, but the monster doesn’t die. Its two halves just slither away.
Two shadow monsters return on the wall over Miyako’s bed. They merge into one large monster.
The wooden doll has a plan. She climbs the dresser by stepping on the drawer pulls and using her sword as a pick. The doll then turns on the lamp. Now her shadow is larger than life and appears next to the shadow monster. With a slash, the doll is able to slay the monster. The doll turns off the lamp, puts away her sword, and returns to bed to keep watch over Miyako.
The Monster Under My Bed Story
A young girl awakens and screams. Her father rushes into her room. The girl points under her bed. The father gets down and searches. He finds a toy jester and shows it to the girl. The father leaves the room.
The girl tries to go back to sleep, but she hears noises coming from under the bed. The girl opens a bag of cookies, throws one on the floor, and watches to see what will happen.
A hand reaches out and takes the cookie. The girl drops a second cookie. The hand reaches out and takes the cookie. The hand sticks out from under the bed with the palm up as if to ask for more cookies. The girls drops a third cookie in the monster’s hand.
The girl then holds up a cookie to entice the monster to come out from under the bed. He does. The girl feeds the monster cookies. The monster nuzzles the girl’s head with his head as a way of saying thank you.
The monster then wants to play ball. The noise brings Dad back into the girl’s room. The monster is safely hidden away when Dad opens the door. He tells his daughter to get in bed. The girl climbs into the bed and falls asleep holding the monster’s hand.
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Blog Post Links to Samples from the Animated Shorts Series
- The Box
- Main Idea and Details
- Mood and Tone with Christmas Shorts
- Point of View and Perspective
- Characters and Setting
- Cause and Effect
- Compare and Contrast
- Problems and Solution
- Christmas Shorts