This French Short Turns Anxiety into a Crocodile – And Gets It Just Right

Anxiety has the unofficial distinction of being the mental health issue most often portrayed as a pet, demon, or other unwelcome companion. With In Between, anxiety becomes a small, jealous crocodile — possibly the first time we’ve seen that particular visual metaphor.

In Between is an animated short created in 2012 by 3rd-year animation students at Gobelins. Strictly speaking, the crocodile represents shyness — but come to think of it, anxiety sure can feel like an overly intrusive, ever-present crocodile at times.

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