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On the march for progress, mankind kept wasting plenty of natural resources underground, water and energy, polluting the environment without analyzing the losses and problems human beings would endure while trying to obtain more and more things to preserve life. But half of those resources could be better saved if people would look above their heads and see a great natural possibility that can be used to generate clean energy. Mixing animation with real footage, Saul and Elaine Bass present an informative short film that advocates the use of solar energy. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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A Short Film About Solar Energy
4 September 2013 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Combining his known animation elements with real images and using of a lovable good humor, Saul and Elaine Bass tells us about the importance of sun in our lives as one of the primal energies to ever exist, and advocates the use of solar energy in houses and places, because it's good, it minimizes the use of all wasting energy sources and it's natural. As evidenced in the closing credits they (along with Robert Redford who is co-producer of this film) wanted to raise awareness on the theme and hope that by 1985 people would adapt or make more use of this system. Not sure if it changed things back then, and it's still a challenge to companies invest in those but we came a long way in changing our habits towards the environment.

It was cool, informative and greatly produced. The animated segment was the most fascinating with a timeline going from the sun's power as the basic energy on Earth and jumping to mankind wasting all possible resources, a chaotic evolution presented in fun drawings and small dialogs, just like Bass did in the Oscar winning "Why Man Creates". Real fun stuff and a great idea easily sold. 10/10


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