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The simple actions of a young boy on the beach provide visual metaphors for the normally unseen world. The camera adds a profound dimension to what the boy has seen, giving us a deeper understanding of visual awareness.
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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