Somewhere in Los Angeles, a group of executives gather to discuss their next big tentpole film: Boats. This comedic short envisions the cynical development meeting in which merchandising ideas come before story.

Justin Dec wrote, directed, and edited Boats, which stars Parks & Recreation's Jim O'Heir. It teaches us that all you need to make a successful animated film is courage—provided you can also come up with a great toy line.

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