Set on New Years Eve in the year 2026, an all powerful robot does the chores, directs the humans, and repels outside invaders. The problem is the invaders, as well as the humans inside the house, have been destroyed in a supposed doomsday.
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Being Russian and having seen this several times as a child on television, I have a very personal connection with this piece. It was one of those cartoons that I would watch in wonder, utterly frightened by the story and yet so mesmerised by its beauty. I have a very special kind of affection for its animation style and storytelling. A beautiful, moving piece.
"Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree, / If mankind perished utterly; / And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn / Would scarcely know that we were gone." (...Compared with their American colleagues, it appears that Soviet filmmakers were more finely attuned to the spirit of Bradbury's work. And here's the proof.)
perhaps not as visceral an effect as when it came out, after the long Cold War and Reagan's bellicose needling of Russia (evil empire indeed), but this sad little short will be timely as long as our technology outpaces our humanity...favorite scene, the spikes stabbing the crucifix while trying to destroy "intruding" nature, in the form of a bird (my favorite animal)...