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World of Tomorrow (2015)

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A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future.


Don Hertzfeldt


Don Hertzfeldt
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Cast overview:
Julia Pott Julia Pott ... Emily (voice)
Winona Mae Winona Mae ... Emily Prime (voice)


A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future.

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31 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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Don Hertzfeldt's first digitally animated film. All of his other films were shot on 16mm and 35mm, but he animated this film using a Cintiq tablet, Photoshop and Final Cut Pro. He stated in an interview that he did this because that since the film takes place in the future and that the future looks so abstract, it would be impossible and time consuming to do it right on film. See more »


Emily: Emily Prime, there is another reason I have contacted you today. You retain an early memory that I have forgotten, that was very important to me. I wish to retrieve it from you before I die. I shall extract this memory from you now.
Emily Prime: This is me. And mommy. This is me and mommy walking. This is me and mommy walking.
Emily: Thank you, Emily. This will bring me great comfort in the days ahead.
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Despite very simple animation, there's nothing simple about the plot.
24 February 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I recently wrote an article for Influx magazine about Don Hertzfeldt and his wonderful animated short films. In this I mentioned that his newest film, "World of Tomorrow", will be debuting at the end of March. However, this film is different from the usual Hertzfeldt release because it's his first film done digitally as well as his first released directly on demand.

The film is an unusual sci-fi short that begins with a small child, Emily, being contacted by a clone of herself over two hundred years in the future. It seems that many folks living in our future are clones--often second, third or fourth generation clones. And, surprisingly, the adult Emily clone of the future wants to bring young Emily to her time to show her about and muse about life. As for young Emily, she sounds like a three year-old and seems sweet but oblivious to the importance of all the things her clone tells her about life. So much about the clone's life is empty and sad...and life in the future sounds that way in general. Even worse, the world apparently is about to end and the Emily clone just wants to see her original self to say goodbye.

If all this sounds maudlin, it sometimes is. The film is an odd combination of existential angst, loneliness and even dark comedy. For some, the film will obviously have some significance and deeper meaning. For others it will just be silly, absurd and good for a laugh. It's amazing how many of Hertzfeldt's films have various levels on which you can enjoy them.

As far as the quality of the film goes, all of Hertzfeldt's cartoons have stick figures and very simple animation and because of that I am hesitant to rate this film higher. However, because it is digital, it looks richer and more colorful than a typical Hertzfeldt film. But it's the strangeness and depth to the story that make it wonderful. And, the amazing voice of young Emily (Winona Mae) will make you smile or even laugh--despite the strangeness and seriousness of the plot. Overall, it's a heck of a film and I can understand why it was recently awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Short Film at the Sundance Film Festival.

UPDATE: I just saw this and the other nominees for the Best Animated Short Oscar. This Hertzfeldt film was, by far, the best of the films and I sure hope it wins on February 28th.

UPDATE: This film did not win but "Bear Story" (a nice nominee) won the award.

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