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500,000 years ago, the modern man appears. He treats the animals and nature as a consumer, with frivolity and cruelty, and pridefully turns the world into a dumpster. However, someone is watching.

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Steve Cutts
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500,000 years ago, the modern man appears. He treats the animals and nature as a consumer, with frivolity and cruelty, and pridefully turns the world into a dumpster. However, someone is watching.

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mans relationship with the natural world


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The dark comedy blends well with the depressing reality
3 March 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

This side-scrolling animation starts with a man walking through time and space on Earth. As he walks he freely kills, consumes, destroys, harvests and pollutes – all at increasing rates and at an increasing cost. This short film is quite a depressing one in some ways because essentially it tells the story of us as humans on this planet. OK some of the specifics (hunting for sport, fur for fashion) may not apply to all individuals, but generally it is true of us as a race. It is prevented from being depressing by the comical and clever way in which it is presented as our "man" walks carefree through life just destroying as he goes.

The animation is black and white but is big bold shapes and an old Disney feel to the shapes and movements of the characters, this combined with the humorous actions (stepping right into two snakes to make them boots for instance) gives the film a nice mix of the comic but yet never takes us away from the dark reality that, while the short may be exaggerated for comedic effect, none of the action events or outcomes are. The animation from Cutts is very well done and it builds in complexity as the music also builds – like a perverse, destructive version of Disney's Fantasia. It is short but effective, managing to be as darkly funny as it is factually depressing.


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