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The Meaning of Life (2005)

Not Rated | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 21 January 2005 (USA)
The evolution of humanity, through countless eons.

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The evolution of humanity, through countless eons.

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Don Hertzfeldt single-handedly animated and photographed tens of thousands of drawings for the film, over the course of four years. See more »

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Voice in Crowd: Those stars are millions of years old... Those stars are millions of years old...
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No computers were used in the animation or photography of this motion picture. See more »

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Edited into Everything Will Be Ok (2006) See more »

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A misunderstood masterpiece
31 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An astonishing film with ideas that could not be expressed in any other way than animation. In simplest terms, THE MEANING OF LIFE views life develop on Earth from simple creatures to humankind to the further evolved mutants that arise following our extinction.

But there's a wealth of passionate ideas going on under the surface that are hard to verbalize. When the music and animation kicks in at those key moments, you just understand entirely through pure feeling what Hertzfeldt's communicating - and that's what Art is all about.

Trying to intellectualize and dissect a piece like this is like trying to scientifically quantify the beauty of a painting of flowers! You either "get" the painting because it hits the right chord with you, or you don't. I found the film totally lacking in pretension and very simple, like such a painting. Maybe it's just beautiful and meant to be enjoyed.

There are fans of Don Hertzfeldt's work and then there are fans of REJECTED. Anyone curious to see Hertzfeldt continue to grow while challenging and pushing the envelope of indie animation should not miss this short. Fans of REJECTED who're expecting more of the same maybe need not apply.

On the other hand, I disagree with the confused reviews about how MEANING isn't like his other work (that is, his "earlier, funny movies" ...shades of STARDUST MEMORIES?). Hertzfeldtian surrealism, existentialism, and - most importantly - his toying with audience expectations are all here. He pulled the rug out from under us during BILLY'S BALLOON and REJECTED, and now that we're expecting the same thing, he masterfully pulls the rug out again.


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