A Shadow of Blue is a solidly sentimental tale of a young girl who moves from reality to fantasy and back. Her specific focus is a paper blue butterfly that flutters into life but needs rescuing. The rightly lauded director, Carlos Lascano, confidently utilises an array of different animation techniques plus live action. Some exquisite models were made, for example of the park bench, as well as the puppets themselves. (An account of the making of the movie can be found on Carlos' blog.) The CG is first rate, bright and appealing as required, and the puppetry works in similar fashion, particularly with the adroit lighting and music. Whilst being essential to the story-line and slickly achieved, I felt the shadow mime was a touch lengthy for my tastes. I can only watch a shadow for so long. That said, Carlos is some director. If the sentimentality of this piece seems a touch cloying, try his short to be posted later today for Amnesty International that is about as sentimental as blooded boxing gloves.