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A team of students from Silpakorn University has won Thailand Animation Contest 2012 with a story involving milk.
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'Milk' is a winner
There is an interesting story in today's Bangkok Post about two teams of young Thai animators who won the Thailand Animation Contest 2012 (TAC). You can read the full story here: http://www.bangkokpost.com/feature/people/332136/drawing-on-talent
Since the story is rather long and this is supposed to be easy English, we'll just look at the story behind one of the winning animations. It is entitled "Milk" and the creators are Banpot Chaiwong, Chinapat Yuekprasert and Pongsaton Sae-Loe, all fourth-year students from Silpakorn University.
The theme of the story is the dilemma between responsibility and sacrifice. Look at the sketch of the story and read the text.
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A boy and his mum want to surprise his dad on his birthday with a home-made cake. While making the cake, the boy drops and breaks a bottle of milk so his mum gives him money to buy a new one. On the way home after getting the milk, a hungry cat and her kittens hound him.
The boy is torn: he's afraid that his mum will get angry but he also wants to help the starving cats.
The boy decides to feed the cats and returns home with an empty bottle. His mum gets angry, but then she turns soft when she sees the cat and the kittens following her son home. Later, his father arrives with a grocery bag – inside, there is a bottle of milk.
Adapted from a story by Sasiwimon Boonruang
animation – a film or cartoon using a series of drawings that are shown quickly one after another so that they look as if they are moving (an animator is someone who creates animations) ภาพเคลื่อนไหวได้, ภาพการ์ตูนที่เคลื่อนไหวได้
entitle – to give a title (name) to a book, play, etc ตั้งชื่อ
theme – the main subject of something ใจความสำคัญ, ประเด็นหลัก
dilemma – a situation which makes problems, often one in which you have to make a very difficult choice between things of equal importance สภาวะหนีเสือปะจรเข้,สภาวะที่กลืนไม่เข้าคายไม่ออก,สถานการณ์ที่ลำบาก
responsibility – a duty ความรับผิดชอบ
sacrifice – to give up important or valuable things, so that you or other people can have or do something else เสียสละเพื่อส่วนรวม
sketch – a simple picture that is drawn quickly and does not have many details ภาพร่าง
hound – to follow someone in a determined way in order to get something from them ไล่ล่า, ติดตาม
torn – to be unable to decide or choose between two people, things or feelings ตัดสินใจไม่ถูก
starved – not having enough food to eat ที่อดอยาก
grocery – a shop/store that sells food and other things used in the home ร้านขายของชำ