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The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere

Tim McCarthy

Need some motivation? You should probably watch this.

"The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere" is an inspiring short-film about Haru Urara, a racehorse who could never win a race, but eventually became a symbol of hope in Japan. And though she never did win, Haru Urara did accomplish something greater: she saved a racetrack.

The film is a 30 For 30 Short directed by Mickey Duzyj, an artist and filmmaker, who has been featured on the blog in the past. His work includes animation for the ESPN 30 for 30 feature "You Don't Know Bo" and the Emmy-nominated ESPN animated short "The Perfect 18" about an IT manager's perfect game of Putt-Putt golf. 

I'm a big fan of Mickey's work and the way he committed to a small color palette for this video. It helps tell concise story that is cohesive and fun. Here's a few of my favorite stills from the film: