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Don Hertzfeldt�s World of Tomorrow is sublime.


The splendid tragedy of Don Hertzfeldt’s projected future in World of Tomorrow cuts to the core of many sentiments and fears within an individual today. In fifteen minutes he manages to craft a story so thoughtful, funny and sad that it has to be watched to be truly appreciated.

Hertzfeldt’s actual “world of tomorrow” is one of vanity. People use surrogate clones, which they upload previous life experiences and memories to, to prolong their own existence. While there are other methods to prolong their being, each method is flawed in a somewhat similar fashion. As time progresses on we see it corrupt all efforts of self-preservation. Clones begin to defect and die. The formless consciousness of a person held inside of a thumb-drive eventually descents into madness. The passage of time fogs the past and makes the individuals hunger for those remembrances even stronger. Galleries of memories taken from the dead are held on display for the living to see. It is a culture so in love with the past that the world builds a future to sustain and idealize it. But they fail. World of Tomorrow takes human fear and insecurity to its inevitable and rational conclusion. The fear of the future, with the only certainties being loss and death, drives them to search for something familiar and everlasting. From there, they look to the past to when they remember being complete and happy, while ignoring life in the present as it is.

I have always been a huge fan of Hertzfeldt’s work. His simple yet rich art style and animation make the complexity of the topics he handles almost seem like a farce. I never would have imagined that his simple lines and shapes could convey the cold, crushing fear in the pit of the stomach when faced with the prospect of death and loss. Yet at the heart of each piece, whether it is the World of Tomorrow, It’s Such a Beautiful Day and The Meaning of Life, Hertzfeldt brings forth a feeling of warmth and optimism. I can’t tell if it’s his odd comedy that fosters those feelings or the unassuming theme continued through those previously mentioned pieces; that life is precious and wonderful no matter how dire and oppressive it may feel. 

Don is right btw. It is such a beautiful day.

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About TheeHeadAcheone of us since 11:15 AM on 03.13.2015


Also on Dtoid doing that blog thing. Probably going to have more on here because movies are my jam.

I pretend to do 3d and VFX stuff too.