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Dated for sure, but still thought-provoking and engaging in its ideas
Oscar season had me watching a few random winners from the awards history and for some reason this was one of the ones I ended up watching, mainly because of the involvement of Saul Bass someone, if I'm honest, I know of almost exclusively because of his title design of several films, and the influence those designs continue to have. This short film looks at man's creativity starting with the first cavemen coming up with ideas to hunt better and ending the film with more about the exploration and scientific advances side of ideas and creativity. In doing this I found it really quite a nice short film because it did make me think about our inherent creativity and how this is not limited to "art" but also through science, inventions, philosophies and so on.
The film is a mix of animation and live action and these work pretty well apart from one unavoidable factor time. I would like to say everything is timeless, but it isn't and things date and unfortunately this film has dated badly. It isn't just how people look, it is the style of the film, the animation, the music used, it is all really of its time and it is distracting to have this throughout. Again, not the film's fault so much as just one of those things, but still, it's hard to ignore it. Otherwise though it is a really nice little short film. The simple topic is creativity and ideas in episodic structure using different styles and sketches and as such it is an engaging little short film.
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