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


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Cast overview:
Cas Jansen Cas Jansen ... Emo (voice)
Tygo Gernandt ... 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) See more »

Also Known As:

Machina See more »


Box Office


€150,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

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 »


[last lines]
[Emo is lying on the floor, unconscious]
Proog: It is there! I'm telling you! Emo! It... it is. It is.
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Referenced in Sintel (2010) See more »

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Visually impressive, Story disappointing
5 June 2006 | by Ant9510See all my reviews

Have just downloaded Elephants Dream, the first open source project ever made, a year of work and a lot of talk on the net about it. So why is the story completely pointless?? forgive me if I'm missing some philosophical meaning (I doubt it) but no jokes, no insight into the characters, no explanation of where they are or what they're doing there in this big machine, no nothing except a bunch of 3D animation put together. It's visually very impressive and obviously a great deal of work has gone into this project, but without any story it fails to entertain me. If it took a year to make this piece of film, didn't the creators stop to think about the basic elements of what makes a movie? even a short? Am quite disappointed.

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