Imagine having taken a life changing trip to Mars, only to be fired from your job there shortly after the expedition has been established.
That unthinkable situation is the premise of the animated dark comedy short film Fired On Mars (FOM).
Written by Nick Vokey and Nate Sherman, FOM tells the story of Jeff (voiced by Sean Wing), who has just been informed his position as a graphic designer has been "re-evaluated," and he is advised to "hold tight" while his corporate headquarters "figures out the next steps."
It doesn't take long for Jeff to realize he has been fired from his job on Mars - with no way to return to earth.
This poignantly written and sharply satirical short mines dark comedy from Jeff's incredulity at being fired from an expedition whose staff includes: a man who is being paid to remain in suspended animation, a bevy of bathroom attendants, and even a music director!
Anyone who has ever been pink slipped will relate to the emotional maelstrom of disillusionment, anger, sadness and depression Jeff experiences.
Watch the short film here ...
Fired On Mars manages to excavate dark humor from one of life's most unpleasant events, while also issuing a scathing indictment on the inanity and callousness of American corporate culture.