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Singing the Retirement Planning Blues

Two 'toon couples wonder when they'll get to kick back

"Everyone dreams of retirement," says two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and animator Walt Handelsman. "But there's this tension between what we want and what we know is reality."

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In this humorous, heartwarming animated short, Handelsman explores that dilemma to the tune of the old standard, "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean."

"All of my little films are about loving couples," says Walt. "I want to capture the sweetness of people."

"In this case, we all know that times have been tough in recent years, and it set everyone back. But these couples are in this together. They're going to find a way, whether it's going to be on an island with boats or somewhere else. They're going to work things out."

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Bill Newcott is a writer, editor and movie critic for AARP Media.

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