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566 Ratings

World of Tomorrow

Directed by Don Hertzfeldt
United States, 2015
Short, Animation


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

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World of Tomorrow Directed by Don Hertzfeldt

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2016 | Nominee: Best Short Film, Animated

Sundance Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Short Film Grand Jury Prize

SXSW Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Animated Short (SXSW Grand Jury Award)

Village Voice Film Poll

2015 | Nominee: Best Animated Feature

Even at his most profound, Hertzfeldt never errs on the side of pomposity: The grandiose design of his universe is wittily undercut by the signature naivete of his drawing style, in turn elevated by the digitized iridescence of his shifting backdrops. Likewise, even his most despairing prognoses are cut through with his playful command of irony and human perception; the unaffected, non sequitur-strewn voice work of his niece, Winona Mae, is the most endearing of the film’s myriad marvels.
February 26, 2016
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Hertzfeldt has a knack for blending philosophical truths (“Now is the envy of all of the dead”) with random child observations and babbling. The primitive yet highly expressive and endearing animations recall web comic “Hyperbole and a Half,” with a science fiction twist.
January 28, 2016
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One of the best films of 2015. Hertzfeldt’s great achievement is to take this story about a little girl who is visited by her clone from 227 years in the future and create a hilariously bleak dystopic vision—through his characteristically minimal stick figures no less—while commenting on a contemporary culture that is already headed in that direction.
January 04, 2016
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