Luna is a cute girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut.

The main character of this short animated film has stolen my heart.


Will be this short animated film the Oscard awarded at the best short animated film category? We bet for it!

For over two years, animator Shaofu Zhang worked at Walt Disney Studios.  Among his credits are Big Hero 6, Moana, and Zootopia.

In 2016 he abandoned the studio to try his own adventure: TAIKO Studios, named after the word taikonaut, a term that draws on the Mandarin word for ‘space’ (tàikōng) and is used to refer to Chinese astronauts. 

ONE MALL STEP film is the flagship short film from L.A. animation start-up TAIKO Studios.

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“‘ONE SMALL STEP film is a thank you to my mother who supported me in my pursuit of being an artist. She came to the United States from the Philippines to make her dreams happen, and that’s inspired me more than she knows to persist after mine.”

Bobby Pontillas – Art Director

Luna is a vibrant young Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. From the day she witnesses a rocket launching into space on TV, Luna is driven to reach for the stars.

In the big city, Luna lives with her loving father Chu, who supports her with a humble shoe repair business he runs out in his garage. As Luna grows up, she enters college, facing adversity of all kinds in pursuit of her dreams.

Just press PLAY and ENJOY!

Which is your impossible dream? Who support you through it?

When I was young I dreamt about the idea of visiting the moon some day…

ONE SMALL STEP film has been nominated by 91st Academy AwardsAcademy Award for Best Animated Short Film category. The other nominees are: Weekends; Late afternoon; Bao and Animal Behaviour.

Which is your favorite short animated film? Place your bets!

In two weeks time we will know the winner, but for me they all are the winners.

I like animated films so much!

Thank you for your talent and GOOD LUCK guys!


Neil Armstrong just before being the first person to set foot on the Moon

EXTRA BONUS: Here you can watch a video about the making of .