Jonas and the Sea (Zeezucht)

A short animation film by Marlies van der Wel


Director & Animator

Marlies van der Wel


‘Jonas and the Sea’ is a magical short film directed and animated by Marlies van der Wel.

This is the story of Jonas, a boy who decided early on in life that there was but one place on earth he wanted to be: the sea. Jonas doesn’t strive to merely be observing it, neither would he be happy to just swim in it, no, Jonas really wants to be a part of it. He spends all of his time combing the beach for items he could use to build his outlandish inventions which he hopes will transport him into a new life amongst the fish. As times goes on and Jonas becomes an older man, he ultimately has to face up to the fact that sadly time is running out for him to make his dream come true…

This utterly charming and heartfelt film is a labour of love which Marlies created over the past two years. Marlies drew and animated each of the 150 shots herself using a collage technique that combines her distinctive artwork with objects she personally set out to find on the Dutch coast.

In April 2017, the film was turned into a book, distributed by Rubinstein.