Emo and Proog are two men exploring a strange industrial world of the future.



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Emo (voice)
Proog (voice)


The two main characters are on a journey in the folds of a giant Machine, exploring the twisted and dark complex of wires, gears and cogs. Until one moment a conflict arises that throws out all their assumptions. This movie short couples lively fun with passionate characters in an epic story line. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

4 May 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Machina  »

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€150,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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Winner of award for "Best Use of CGI with Linux/Open Source" at the UK Linux and Open Source Awards 2006. Losing nominees in this category were Dreamworks' Over the Hedge and Sony/Imageworks' Monster House. See more »


Proog: Emo, why? Emo... why? Why can't you see the beauty of this place? The-the way it works? How... how perfect it is?
Emo: No, Proog. I don't see. I don't see because there's nothing there. And why should I trust my life to something that isn't there?
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Technically good, Scenaristically obscure
23 June 2006 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

A movie that left me with mixed feelings. Sure, the technical performance is rather impressive, especially considering that those people didn't have the financial backup most commercial 3D animations enjoy nowadays. The various environments are beautiful, with lots of small details that really make them alive. Although in the first part of the movie, the animation of the two main characters seems to be a little off, it clearly improves at the end, with an overall feeling of good quality. Not perfect, but nice however.

But - and that's a rather serious one - such visual enjoyment isn't backed up by a good story. Sure, the base idea is quite a promising one, and could be perfectly adapted to such a short movie duration. Yet it has failed to get me on: the symbols are too abstruse and too obscure to be understandable by most. Even after having read various comments about it, I'm still scratching my head asking myself: what was their message with this ?

So if you like movies purely for their esthetical value, then you'll definitely enjoy "Elephant Dreams". But if, like me, you are expecting from a movie that it tells you a story, or convey a message, you'll probably be disappointed by a symbolism so convoluted that it becomes impossible to understand, even after a second vision.

So my final note is: 6/10 - technically great, but the scenario is lacking

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