Good Life Advice From a 6-Year-Old Is Even Better When Taken Literally

A playful short film brings the teachings of a little kid to life, making some profound points about fear, happiness, and pizza. 

With college graduation looming in her near future, Bianca Giaever, a filmmaker and radio producer, turned to six-year-old Asa Baker-Rouse for some perspective. As it turned out, young Asa had a good idea for a movie and some pretty compelling insights too. In the resulting short film below, Giaever interpreted his narration literally, word for word, as he tells the story of a big bear and a small mouse -- two friends who have an adventure in a swimming pool -- played by two full-grown people in costume. Discussing the story afterwards, Giaever and her scriptwriter share some charming observations on fear, happiness, and (obviously) pizza. 

For more videos by Bianca Giaever, visit her Vimeo channel

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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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