The third installment of Don Hertzfeldt's series of science-fiction short films.
The third installment of Don Hertzfeldt's series of science-fiction short films.
Once upon a time there was a four-year-old girl named Emily who had an English accent and liked playing with toy cars. Do you like her cars? She was just a stick figure with pigtails and a yellow triangle for a torso, but her extraordinary life rippled through the cosmos in a seemingly limitless number of strange directions for centuries after it was over. And possibly also before it began.
Of course, certain wrinkles in the fabric of space-time make it hard to say for sure when either of those things really happened. All we know is that Emily was visited by a third-generation adult clone of herself at the beginning of Don Hertzfeldt’s beloved 2015 short “World of Tomorrow,”…
“i confess that i sometimes look forward to drowning together when i turn out the light”
“perhaps there is still hope somewhere in the ocean of time for david and emily”
WARM & REASSURING MEMORIES FOR DEATH BEDS
If this proves anything, it proves two things:
1. Don Hertzfelt is one of the greatest filmmakers working today (and a top 5 favorite in my book) that I would spend $5 to rent whatever he’s got in his plate.
2. This is a work of art so emotionally profound that anything else in 2020 will probably seem as tamed in comparison.
absolutely flawless. Hertzfeldt’s most ambitious project to date, not only cements him as the greatest animator the West has ever seen but as one of the most important sci fi filmmakers of this century. his knack of making his worlds and his characters endlessly complex yet perfectly and humanly simple could not be more alive, his meditations on connection and living in the absolute hell of the modern world as potent as ever. there’s so much to comb over and so many reasons to revisit, without getting into specifics. also the most gorgeous entry so far, not to say that the other entires aren’t beautiful (they are) but the craft has absolutely perfected, as smooth and and as clean as anything he’s ever made. might be the best one, and in turn one of the greatest shorts of all time. beyond stoked for episode four
I am a first generation human being named Drew Prime. I was 20 when I saw World of Tomorrow Episode Three: The Absent Destinations of David Prime, glued to my monitor, molding my brain to absorb this story.
I am here to share my memory of this film, and warn you of the fate that befalls anyone preparing themselves for the latest Don Hertzfeldt movie. This is a dense, immensely clever and remarkably knotty time travel story that recontextualizes the prior two films in tragically interesting ways. As such, it is advised you enter this with a familiarity of prior works, in order for David Prime's journey to have its full impact.
I am often prone to diversions…
“Death is not a destination. It is the absence of one.”
It's true. World of Tomorrow Episode Three: The Absent Destinations of David Prime works well by itself. Who can resist clicking on the pay button for a Don Hertzfeldt short? His drawing style is simultaneously primitive and complex, bringing beautiful sci-fi ideas such as perceptions of reality to life.
However, the focus of this episode on David Prime (Jack Parrett) as opposed to Emily Prime (Julia Pott) was less effective for me. Emily Prime was sweet, innocent, and cute, while David Prime had low empathy and was often destructive: especially in his simulated Godzilla-esque "Godbaby" experience; it was terrifying. David 2 and David 3 also fought over toys. David…
“Have you ever seen a group of insects drowning? The ones that are struggling are the ones that are still alive.”
one day, these warm hands will turn cold.
The ouroboric pretzel formed by my brain while watching this appropriately resembles the journey of David Prime, perhaps most of all in the sense that amidst a cacophonous barrage of ideas (some comforting, some painful, all challenging) emerges one single, all-powerful thought: love.
hey queen! girl you have done it again. constantly raising the bar for us all and doing it flawlessly. i’d say i’m surprised but i know who you are. i’ve seen it up close and personal. girl you make me so proud.
Average virgin couple: will you marry me?
Chad Don Hertzfeld enjoyer: Will you be the one to discover my dead body?
really should’ve rewatched the first two before this because i forgot what happened there and i could NOT follow the plot. liked it tho
The first half of this might be some of the best shit that Hertzfeldt has ever done, and that's saying something. Blisteringly funny, strangely moving, deeply existential crisis inducing - the World of Tomorrow experience, perfectly distilled.
Admittedly I got a little bit lost going into kind of the second half, but it's ambition is nothing if not exciting to witness, and it's great to see Hertzfeldt willing to take the compelling world he's created and just make it more and more complex each time. And the ending itself is so deeply empathetic and thought-provoking, I was very much back on board again by the very end.
May we keep getting one of these every few years until Hertzfeldt gets bored. Which hopefully won't be for a long time to come.
The W.o.T thesis of "Nostalgis bad, technological distractions worse, LIVE IN THE MOMENT" is showing some "deturiartion" with Episode 3 (as valuable and timeless a thesis as it is). We're centuries away from the inspired simplicity of Emily Prime cluelessly receiving nuggets of eternal wisdom from her older self and her backups.
But while W.o.T. 3 feels a bit less soulful, it more than makes up for that loss in the daring sci-fi substance on display. This is a rollercoaster of cool ideas and dark, deadpan humor, some of the best Don's ever delivered. From screaming pop-up ads in the beginning to a temporal shocker of a finale, Hertzfeldt remains of one of sci-fi/animation's most interesting boundary-pushers.
I hope there are enough David's and Emily's for at least one more trip to this World.
Hertzfeld uses sound better than pretty much any other working filmmaker imo
As someone who has and will continue to praise Don Hertzfeldt, I am starting to suspect, with fear, that he's becoming too self-aware of himself
how does Hertzfeldt keep getting better
"death is not a destination, it is the absence of one"
I can’t tell if these keep getting better or if the world keeps getting more. These.
This is still not nearly as good as the first episode (that one is a tiny perfect piece of animation, in its simplicity and rawness), but this one expands the universe in more interesting ways than episode 2 did.
That ending though.
— This is probably Julia Pott’s second best performance as clones of Emily. It feels like she has a lot more dialogue here, and her deadpan delivery of these mordantly hilarious lines never gets old, nor does the unassuming way she says the achingly wise lines Hertzfeldt gives her. Jack Parrett is a good edition, with the screeching he does at one point in the movie, in all its variations, making me at least chuckle every time.
— This might be the most visually impressive film in Don Hertzfedlt’s trilogy. The stick figures are still stick figures, allowing us to invest much more emotionally in them because of their lack of verisimilitude than one might expect. But the backgrounds of…
News of future episodes of Don Hertzfeldt's World of Tomorrow saga are so incredibly welcome. Episodes One and Two were like the opposite sides of a coin, exploring very separate, but mirrored elements of thought and the future, and time.
Episode Three would be running along the edge of that coin. Exploring both sides of it at once, yet never fully committing to either. The first two episodes are riddled with a plethora of science fiction ideas to the extent that you can't really call any of them "gaps". So, Hertzfeldt choosing to address one small moment from a previous episode to focus on for this installment is both surprising and retrospectively perfect.
What's more, the "main character" is not…
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