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The World of Tomorrow (2005)

Not Rated | | Action, Sci-Fi, Short | Video 25 January 2005
As a reporter covers a story on a missing scientist, giant robots attack New York City.

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This short ultimately launched the career of director Kerry Conran. It is also the inspiration for Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004). See more »

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The setting is clearly in the late-1930s/early-1940s, however the Empire State Building features a TV tower, which was not added until 1950. See more »

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A mock-up 1930s seal of approval by the British Board of Film Censors is shown at the beginning. See more »

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References The Mechanical Monsters (1941) See more »

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Proof of what short films can become.
13 April 2005 | by (Luoyang, China) – See all my reviews

I thought that the original 6 minute short film was the story we saw in the feature film told in six minutes, so I was surprised when we were still aboard the Hindenburg III almost halfway through the film. Interestingly, almost every shot in the short film is in the feature film, almost identically, and this short film draws on both anime and classic pulp comic book animation. The result is lovely, and it is great to see something that is so clearly put together independently and not intended for wide release (although still incredibly well made), especially when you consider what the film eventually became.

It's interesting to me because I remember going to Cal Arts in Valencia, where director Kerry Conran went to film school, to tour their campus after I was accepted into film school there, and the short films that they showed us were of a very obscure, artsy variety, many of them literally abrasive and unpleasant to watch, and it's odd to consider that this film may have been shown to prospective students at some point as well. Maybe if this had been one of the ones shown when I toured the campus I would have accepted the invitation to attend!

While it seems that the film ends right about when it seems to be beginning, it is a clearly competent film with an interesting story, almost like it's a pitch for a feature film. Well, in my experience in script analysis working for film production companies, I can tell you that I wish we had more things like this to choose from, because the vast majority of the scripts that I read are unbelievably bad. And when talent like this comes along, it's nice to see that someone is doing something about it.


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