Animation, Musical, Science Fiction, Short
animation, music, musical, scifi
About This Project

2023 | 29 min. | SUBs EN, DE

Drifting through space with no purpose on spaceship Zoopticon, five mutated singing animals find a goal when they learn of their origin – a mysterious planet called Earth.

Directors (in alphabetical order): Jon Frickey, Thies Mynther, Sandra Trostel
Screenplay (in alphabetical order): Jon Frickey, Christoph Mathieu, Thies Mynther, Sandra Trostel
Producer: Sandra Trostel, Fairy Bot Production
Design & Animation: Jon Frickey
Composition, Lyrics & Sound Design: Thies Mynther

Breakdown, Editing & Dramaturgy: Sandra Trostel
Voice Cast:

Sarah Thom, “Shimo” Dong Zhou, Alex Murray-Leslie, Amanda Romero, Achan Malonda, Jon Frickey, Veit Sprenger, Roosa Voima




Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival 2023

AWARD for Best Animation, International Competition


Jury: EMILIE LESCLAUX (Filmmaker), ÉMILIE POIRIER (Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal (FNC)), ESTIBALIZ URRESOLA SOLAGUREN (Filmmaker), RÉMI BIGOT (Head of the film department at Semaine de la Critique of the Cannes Film Festival)

An origin story that you haven’t seen before with the highest quality of the craft. The story line possesses a lighthearted tone that is also deeply rooted in grand philosophical and political questions on countries, identities, memory and history. The astounding sound work and original songs heavily contribute to the creation of this kawaii-like cosmogony. So for its existential reflection on mankind through an animated outer space musical, the award for Best Animation of the International Competition goes to ZOOPTICON by Jon Frickey, Thies Mynther and Sandra Trostel.“


KFFK 2023, Cologne


Jury: Andrea Hanke, WDR (public TV)

„The film includes a surprisingly well-founded critique of civilisation, depicts the dangers of AI and historical oblivion as well as the fate that threatens humanity due to the climate crisis. The animation draws on familiar themes from pop culture, opening up spaces and references that invite repeat viewings. „Zoopticon“ is also a successful musical with finely composed voices and sounds. Lines like „And the light … years go by“ stick with you. – Since I wanted to die, I want to live, says the spaceship.“


International Short Film Festival Dresden 2024

DEFA Promotion Prize Animation 

„Across light years, while self-conversations become monotonous and suicidal thoughts arise, a turning point suddenly opens up. The film successfully reflects on loneliness, the longing for closeness and human behaviour in a colourful, detailed and musical way. The storyboard, the specially composed songs, the numerous references and the animation technique convinced the jury.“

Ale Kino! 2023, Poland

Special Mention

„This film takes us on an exciting sci-fi journey through space accompanied with a wonderful soundtrack that fits the original animation style. It explores the true nature of humanity, new technologies and humans‘ constant anticipation of the future. A space opera full of philosophical metaphors and references that leaves the audience with lots of impressions to think about.“


Deutscher Kurzfilmpreis Shortlist 2023

Curto Circuito International Film Festival Santiago de Compostella, Spain, 2023

Official Selection – Cosmos

Festival International De Cine Independente De La Plata Festifreak, Argentina, 2023

Official Selection

Dokumentar- und Animationsfilmfest Leipzig, Internationaler Wettbewerb Animationsfilm, Germany, 2023

Internationaler Wettbewerb Animationsfilm

Uppsala Short Film Festival, Sweden, 2023

Official Selection

Cut Out Fest, Mexico, 2023

Official Selection Narration

Short Waves, Poland, 2023

Official Selection

SPIFF, Puna, India, 2024

Official Selection

ANIMA 2024,  Belgium

Animated Night


GO SHORT 2024,  Netherlands

Official Selection


Filmfest Bremen 2024

Official Selection


Bangladesh International Short & Independent Film Festival 2024, India

Official Selection


ITFS 2024, Stuttgart

German Animation

Les Intergalactiques 2024, Lyon


Flatpack festival 2024, United Kingdom


Ennesimo Film Festival 2024, Italy 
Official Selection: Worldwide!


Aigio International Short Film Festival 2024, Greece 
International Narrative Competition


Animator Festival 2024, Poland 



Zomerparkfeest Venlo 2024, the Netherlands