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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.

Director:

Don Hertzfeldt

Writer:

Don Hertzfeldt
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Murwarid Abdiani Murwarid Abdiani ... (voice)
Jaden Alexander ... (voice)
Lance Anderson Lance Anderson ... (voice)
Karin Anger Karin Anger ... (voice)
Laura Basler Laura Basler ... (voice)
Kareen Battle Kareen Battle ... (voice)
Ross Beeley Ross Beeley ... (voice)
Margot Bercy Margot Bercy ... (voice)
Wendi Bergamini Wendi Bergamini ... (voice)
Wendy Campbell Wendy Campbell ... (voice)
E. Simon Cavazos E. Simon Cavazos ... (voice)
Dotty Chasse Dotty Chasse ... (voice)
Stephanie Comer Stephanie Comer ... (voice)
Kenneth Cook Kenneth Cook ... (voice) (as Kenneth J. Cook)
Linda Cook Linda Cook ... (voice)
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The evolution of humanity, through countless eons.

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Not Rated
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Trivia

Over 45 minutes of footage was reportedly photographed for the film's final 12 minute running time. This is an enormous shooting ratio for any animated film, due to the unprecedented amount of special effects and experimental lighting techniques that required multiple takes. See more »

Quotes

Voice in Crowd: Those stars are millions of years old... Those stars are millions of years old...
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Crazy Credits

No computers were used in the animation or photography of this motion picture. See more »

Connections

Edited into The Animation Show 2005 (2005) See more »

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Not among Hertzfeldt's best
29 July 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is one of the animated shorts from THE ANIMATION SHOW: VOLUME 2. Most of the shorts in this DVD collection are rather poor because very few are funny and the emphasis is much more or art than entertainment in this second installment. For better films overall, see VOLUME 1.

In VOLUME 1, Don Hertzfeldt's animations were among the best additions to the compilation. Not only that, but they were scattered throughout the film. Here in the second collection, they only appear at the very end. Plus, I hate to be critical, but this was among the poorest of his films I have seen. While the cartoon is creative, it is NOT sadistic or funny--something lovers of his work really expect. Sadly, apart from the lovely classical music, I wasn't particularly happy while watching this one.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Смысл жизни See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bitter Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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