The Dishwasher is a 2D animated thesis film that lasts 5 minutes and 27 seconds. This animated short film shows a story of a young man, Kai, who dreams of becoming an artist in the US; however, he has to wash dishes for his living. One day, the dish machine is out of control because of Kai’s careless mistake. The manager sees the situation and begins to blame Kai. While the manager yells at him, Kai notices a funny animation loop appearing on the spinning dishes, which makes him laugh. After the manager leaves, Kai looks at his face reflected in the window of the dish machine and it reminds him of the old times when he learned drawing at art school. This coincidental memory sparks Kai’s passion for making art on the plates. Then, he starts to dance and decides to treat his job differently.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Computer animation--Technique; Computer animation--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Animated films--Themes, motives; Dishwashing--Drama; Restaurants--Employees--Drama

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Degree Name

Film and Animation (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CAD)


Mari Blanchard

Advisor/Committee Member

Brian Larson

Advisor/Committee Member

Brian Larson


RIT – Main Campus

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