No Robots has some pretty mature storytelling under the hood of its student film skin.

Told in beautifully rendered line-drawn animation with painstakingly detailed backgrounds, this simple yet beautiful tale is set in a time of a backlash against robots.

Directed by Yung-Han Chan and Kimberly Knoll, students at San José State University, the short film does a beautiful job of delivering the message against prejudice.

One could just revel in the deliciously muted colours, or gaze in awe upon the backgrounds that seem to go on and on, or marvel at how little movement it actually takes to convey an effective story. But the true triumph of this tale is in the fresh approach it takes to a story we’ve heard and watched before.

How’s that for life-affirming message first thing on a Monday morning?