In Patrick Smith's multi-award-winning animated short film Masks, a race of sadistic masked men chow down on a seemingly helpless species of smaller folk. When a scientist devises a way to clone the squeaky little people, the masked men think they've hit on an endless food supply—one that will radically change the dynamic of predator and prey.

What's especially interesting about Masks is that the score, composed by Karl von Kries, was written first; Smith created his animations based on the score. What he came up with was an initially bleak tale of oppression and factory farming, one that ends on a surprising and even uplifting note.

[via Cartoon Brew]