The Tiger of 142BDrama/Mystery | 11 mins | In English | PG13 Some Disturbing Scenes
Kevin, an unemployed man in his late twenties, finds communicating with his girlfriend increasingly difficult. At the same time, a series of mysterious killings suddenly unsettles the people of Block 142B. Some claim to have seen a roaming tiger at the estate… Adapted from Dave Chua’s short story ‘The Tiger of 142B’ from the book ‘The Beating and Other Stories’.
We first heard of “The Tiger of 142B” from fellow animation director Tan Wei Keong. He told us that Dave had written a short story about a mysterious tiger roaming around a public housing block. We were immediately drawn to the surrealism and decided to check it out at the library. We were very attracted to Dave’s interweaving of two unrelated plot points, adding an additional layer of meaning to the overall narrative. The ambiguity of the tiger and the many interesting use of motifs inspired us to think deeper. And because of its surreal setting, we both felt that there were many potential areas to explore in turning the story into an animated short.
In addition, we were also very attracted to the story’s protagonist. Both of us can empathise with his dilemma - to get a stable job that pays well, or to pursue one’s own ideals. We both had to face the similar situation upon graduating from university. Coincidentally, during the period of our uncertainty, we bumped into Dave in a book signing event at Kinokuiya and had told him the dilemma we were facing. The advice Dave gave was “to carry on animating”.
Sound Designer : Roger Low
Associate Producer : Lee Junyi
Music Composer : Pamela Ng
Audrey Lim as Girl
Michael Kwah as Guy
Ranga Perera as Hunter
Animators: Harry Zhuang, Henry Zhuang, Angel Chong, Gabriel Tng, Cassandra Siew, Enge Xue
Audio Recording : Beep Studios
An offering of: Singapore Writers Festival
Presented by: National Art Council
Produced by: The Filmic Eye
Supported by: MCCY