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Flatland: The Movie (2007)

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Based on Edwin Abott's book "Flatland", this is an animated film about geometric characters living in a two-dimensional world. When a young girl named "Hex" decides to "think outside the ... See full summary »

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Arthur Square (voice)
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Hex (voice)
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Spherius (voice)
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Abbott Square (voice)
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King of Pointland (voice)
Curtis Luciani ...
King of Lineland (voice)
Danu Uribe ...
Arlene Square (voice)
Garry Peters ...
Pantocyclus (voice)
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Helios / Queen of Lineland (voice)
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Pentagon Reporter (voice)
Shannon McCormick ...
Triangle Guard #1 (voice)
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Triangle Guard #2 (voice)
Dano Johnson ...
Radio Triangle (voice)
T. Lynn Mikeska ...
Heptagon Mother / Queen of Lineland (voice)
Jeffrey Travis ...
Circle Priest (voice)
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Based on Edwin Abott's book "Flatland", this is an animated film about geometric characters living in a two-dimensional world. When a young girl named "Hex" decides to "think outside the box" (in a world where such thought is forbidden), her life becomes in danger and it is up to her grandfather to save her life. Written by JWW

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Hex's line "A still tongue makes a happy life" is a reference to a poster seen in the cult TV show The Prisoner (1967). Screenwriter Dano Johnson is a huge fan of the series and felt the oppressive Circle Priests would use similar language as the mysterious Village to subdue their citizens. See more »

Goofs

The spinning cube at the center of Area 33H shows up as a changing hexagon within Flatland. By analogy, the spinning hypercube at the end of the movie should appear as a changing polyhedral solid, but instead it appears as the full convex-hull three-dimensional projection. See more »

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Female Boss Circle: [to A Square, who is late arriving at the office] Get to your Square-icle! NOW!
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The film opens with the following message: 'This movie has been modified from its original version. It has been formatted to fit your Spaceland screen. Certain elements from Flatland have been altered to be recognizable by three-dimensional beings. Any similarity to people, places or objects in our world is purely coincidental.' See more »

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Referenced in Dragon Day (2013) See more »

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misrepresents the original ideas, and boring as hell
29 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

We just finished watching the Ehlinger version; and by finished watching I mean jump to the titles to see who had made this awful adaptation. As someone with a passing knowledge of the original novel, some training in maths, and a solid background in cognitive science, I assure you that there were few (if any) things this movie got right.

Annoying things about the film: the plot is stupid and so slow, the voices and dialogs intolerable, the characters I would not even be able to call flat... There are 'signs' at the beginning which are supposed to be funny, but simply come off as insults, treating the viewer as an imbecile who cannot tell what to pay attention to. So bad. Let's turn to 'math,' then.

It's impossible for a 2D organism with a 1D retina to suddenly 'see' in 3D. He would continue to see the perspective through a plane (e.g. slices of his conspecifics, seen from above in a single plane crossing the flatland, NOT a bird eye's view. On the other hand, it is false for a 2D object NOT to have an idea of what perspective is (it is still the case that an object will appear bigger when closer in 2D).

Too bad to continue. Better check out the book in the Guttenberg project.


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