Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet, the animated short film Daisy Chain tells the sweet tale of Buttercup Bree, a little girl who, with the help of her friend Benjamin Brewster, stands up to playground bullies through the simple act of sharing. Written and directed by Galvin Scott Davis, the film screened at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and was met with strong applause for its anti-bullying subject matter and uplifting message.
Daisy Chain is best described as having a Tim Burton-like tone, darkly surreal yet theatrically childlike, with a message that translates easily for children to comprehend. The important lesson of treating others the way you would like to be treated is woven through the film’s lyrical, sing-song script, making a traditional “lesson in manners” feel fresh and current. Davis uses the film’s color to literally symbolize good vs bad- for example, Buttercup’s yellow sundress pops among the black and gray background and shadowy bullies. Running just shy of six minutes, Daisy Chain is the perfect, succinct reminder for both young and old, of how such simple acts of kindness can change the world.