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Elephants Dream (2006)

Unrated | | Animation, Short, Sci-Fi | Video 4 May 2006
Emo and Proog are two men exploring a strange industrial world of the future.


Bassam Kurdali


Pepijn Zwanenberg (screenplay), Andreas Goralczyk (original concept) | 5 more credits »

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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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Did You Know?


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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While it has some flaws, this movie does exactly what it's supposed to do - and more.
25 September 2007 | by tdb-7See all my reviews

If it were to me, I wouldn't even put Elephant's dream on IMDb. Not because it's bad, but because it's barely a movie. It was intended as a tech demo of what Blender can do, and they succeeded 100% in that. Every single frame of this movie is amazing to see, and is full of amazing details. This is - by all standards - the best looking rendering I've ever seen in any movie. Even Pixar and Dreamworks aren't even getting close to the power of Elephant's dream.

If the developers wanted to make an actual movie with a perfect storyline, they wouldn't have spend so much time on all those details and making it look so good. A story for these kind of productions are usually just enough to give the whole thing some direction. However, we're dealing with a very deep story that really keeps you puzzled, yet makes absolute sense at the same time.

It is true that animation and perhaps lip syncing lacks at some points. But I have no problem with it, since it was never intended to be perfect. Look for example at Doom III for a comparison: it focuses on graphics and physics, which are awesome, but lacks any AI, decent level design and virtually nothing in the environment can be used by the player. Yet it was extremely popular. It's the same thing with Elephant's dream: it's a really well done tech demo, and even has an intriguing storyline. It has some flaws on the animation part, but it's barely noticeable when watching it on normal speed.

All in all, a very fine production, which really does what it was supposed to do, if not more.

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