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Canvas – Review/Summary (with Spoilers)

by Amari
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Within its 9 minute duration, Canvas brings you a touching story that makes you hope this is just a proof of concept for something more.

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Director(s)Frank E. Abney III
Screenplay ByFrank E. Abney III
Date Released (Netflix)12/11/2020
Genre(s)Drama, Animation, Family
Duration9 Minutes

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Film Summary

With the loss of his spouse, a grandfather didn’t just lose the love of his life but his desire to paint. However, through his family, he still has, there is hope for his passions to be renewed.

Things To Note | Question(s) Left Unanswered

  • Reason(s) for Film Rating: Outside of knowing someone died and seeing how it affected the family, there is nothing to worry about here.
  • Jump Scares/ Laughs/ Tear-Jerking Moments: When the granddaughter helps her grandpa heal.



The Tears

Following, If Anything Happens I Love You, Canvas will have you appreciate when people’s words don’t dictate your emotions. For it is through the silence that you are allowed to give voice to what’s going on and connect in ways that feels less guided.

The family in front of a canvas.

An example being, you can tell the granddaughter misses her grandmother and knows grandpa is sad too. But having a child’s voice explain that and grandpa reassure her, it’s cool, but with Canvas, it almost feels unnecessary. Because a picture, a hidden room, and being reminded of all you have is what’s needed. Yes, we need to remember those who are no longer here but let’s not bury our gifts that they gave or inspired in the ground with them.

On The Fence

Wanting To Know More

I’m not going to lie, there was a desire to know more about this family. Be it why grandma died, did the grandpa make his living as an artist, and also where is his grandchild’s father? Also, was grandpa in a wheelchair because of age or a medical condition?

I’d say, similar to Hair Love, you might feel that there is more to this story that deserves to be told, and not getting those details won’t frustrate you but present a longing for more.


Rating: Positive (Worth Seeing)

While I originally thought this would be a whole film, Netflix’s crack at producing a Pixar like movie, rather than a short, I still got what I expected and needed. I felt emotionally connected, cried, and was left wanting more. So, here is hoping like the previously mentioned Hair Love, this gets expanded on to tap into the story.

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  • Recommended: Some of the best seen movies we have ever watched and mentioned to friends, family, and strangers as films that need to be seen.
  • Positive (Worth Seeing): Whether you’ll have to go to the movies, download or stream, movies of this category are worth your time and money with few, if any, qualms from us.
  • Mixed (Divisive): Due to this movie having a few quirks, of which may work for some and for others be a problem, we believe your enjoyment of this movie will depend on your taste.
  • Negative (Acquired Taste): While one or two elements kept us going until the end, unfortunately, we’re of the opinion this film never reached the potential it was marketed to have.

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  • Indie: By our definition, independent films are films you have to seek to find due to limited availability or lack of a marketing push.
  • Film Festival: Featured in this tag are films and shorts which were discovered thanks to various film festivals, so some of the productions may not have wide availability but still may deserve to be on your watch.
  • Shorts: Be it ten or fifteen minutes, or a half-hour, these quick teases or films get right to the point, often show the potential of filmmakers and the actors who have joined them in their journey.


The Tears - 88%
Wanting To Know More - 77%


I felt emotionally connected, cried, and was left wanting more.

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