The Breeder tells the story of a scientist who uses genetic modification for breeding custom-made pets. These hyper-cute creatures melt hearts worldwide, but there is a dark side to their irresistible cuteness.
The short film envisions what may happen if we mix past animal breeding practices with an attraction to these cuteness aesthetics and the new possibilities of genetic modification. The result is a morbid narrative presented in a light-hearted manner. The film is a hybrid of fiction, animation, and documentary, about a scientist turned breeder who creates an app with the help of a developer that allows customers to design their own pet. Whether you want a rabbit with excessive amounts of fur or an animal from her renowned legless ‘desk-animal’ range – it will soon be possible.
The Breeder (2017, UK/USA) is a short film that was commissioned by Imagine Science Films and Labocine New York as a chapter of the anthology feature film Mosaic.
Kooij, D. The Breeder. [Film]. 1 March 2017 - 1 September 2017. (Unpublished)