Pin the tail on the Donkey

I believe that our protagonist Dave becomes the “Donkey” at the end of the video and Stanley gets his revenge. In the beginning of this short film we instantly realize that it’s in black and white, this helps capture our protagonists mood. Dave is very lost and sad, you can hear it in his voice as he narrates the film. The still camera angles, wide shots, and close ups of our protagonists face really capture the emotion of our main character. “A literature review conducted by Edwards and Torcellini analyzed the effect of daylight in various settings and conditions, and the findings reveal that adequate lighting is associated with feeling of elation among the test subjects, while dark lighting induces feelings of depression”(Tri, 2014).

As we watch the film we learn that he use to go to elementary school with a kid named Stanley, Stanley would always run around the classroom walling his arms and yelling “ee or” like a donkey. Everyone thought this was hilarious and would make fun of him for it. Our protagonist was one of the kids that didn’t treat Stanley the way he should have been treated. Then our leading character recalls being in high school with Stanley, he remembers Stanley being very different and no longer that kid that made everyone laugh.  “David didn’t go up to his old friend and talk to him but instead told all of his new friends about how Stanley used to run around and act like a donkey” (independentpiecesofwork, 2015). In high school he learns that Stanley is autistic “After a while the teacher told the other kids that they need to stop making fun of Stanley because he was slower than the other kids. However the teachers telling them to stop didn’t make the students stop”(independentpiecesofwork, 2015). In no time Dave is graduating college and getting married. His wife ends up having a great job opportunity that is not in the same city as his well paying job is. So they divorce and go their separate ways splitting everything they owned between them. Our protagonist is doing more than well financially and he ends up getting multiple promotions.

One night while our protagonist is out drinking he sees a familiar face, he see’s Stanley workling and builds up the courage to go talk to him. When they talk Stanley invites our lead character over for dinner with him and his wife. Dave is a little off put by this invitation because of the past these two have had, but he ends up handing Stanley his card to give him a call. A couple days later he gets a call from Stanley’s wife inviting him to dinner at their place. Before you know it our protagonist is at Stanley house and he realizes how beautiful his wife is, he also realizes just how normal and different Stanley is. So they eat dinner and catch up on things, but just before our protagonist leaves out the front door Stanley walks up to him with a smile on his face and says “hey dave ee or”.

That very moment is when our protagonist realizes that he is now the donkey that Stanley was back in school. Stanley has everything he could ever ask for he has a beautiful wife, a decent paying job, and most importantly happiness. While Dave has more money than he knows what to do with, money isn’t enough for him at this point. He is depressed, he is lonely and he is the opposite of happy. So in the end Stanley is the one who has everything he could ever ask for, while our main character has nothing. Also according to Patrick(2012), “Everyone knows someone who talks about how much money they make, the women they’ve been with, but when at the end of the day, they’ve got squat”. We can relate this to Stanleys time in school, stanley was lonely, sad, and bitter. I remember when I went through my first real breakup, I was very depressed despite the fact I am very fortunate to have all the material things around me. But during that time in school our protagonist was happy, he had friends, a girlfriend, and was popular. So at the end of this short film our protagonist says “whos the donkey now”, indicating that he in now the donkey. He is a man that has everything but at the same time nothing he is empty inside just like Stanley was when he got bullied back in high school. So metaphorically our protagonist is now the one everyone is laughing at and calling donkey as he runs around flailing his arms and yelling “ee or”. I think we can all relate to what Dave is going through, we are all imperfect creatures living in an imperfect world. I know I havn’t treated people the way I should have in the past and thats why my heart burns for our main character.So in the end Stanley and our protagonist switch places on the happiness scale. How did you perceive this short film? Do you think Dave ends up becoming the “donkey”?


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Lighting and its Affect on Your Mood. (2014, January 1). Retrieved March 25, 2015, from

Here is the link to the short film, I would encourage anyone reading this to watch it atleast once in your lifetime! 

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