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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.


Don Hertzfeldt


Don Hertzfeldt
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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)


The evolution of humanity, through countless eons.

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Many of the film's complicated animation and visual effect sequences required several months of work just to produce a few second's worth of finished screen time. See more »


Child Alien: Dua mazato. Lazra pumbo vumo bela. Meaning of life?
Dad Alien: Bah! Meaning of life.
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Crazy Credits

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


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

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Not Much To Like, Except For The Music, In This 'Life'
18 September 2008 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

The author obviously thinks he is making some profound statements about how life is, and, brother, this is so pretentious it's ridiculous. Worse than that, much of this animated short film will give you a headache, not entertainment. There is a segment early on which lasts for seems like eternity in which many people all talking at once. In other words, this movie assault your senses - in a negative way.

Putting it simply: this is not fun to watch.

Much of the other times, stick figures grunt, groan, make bird noises, pig noises, alien gibberish and just plain assault your ears. The stick figures are not clever, nor entertaining, just something that looks like weirdo drew while on drugs.

Because I enjoy the innovative artwork on all of these Animation DVD collections, I find it hard to dislike anything but this one - and another unnamed one - are just awful. The only redeeming quality on "The Meaning Of Life" was the excellent classical music score.

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Release Date:

21 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Смысл жизни See more »

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Production Co:

Bitter Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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