In a bit of exciting news this week, Don Hertzfeldt’s extraordinary, newly Oscar-nominated animated short film World of Tomorrow (2015) has been
made available for streaming on Netflix. It features two of Hertzfeldt’s traditional, simple, stick-like characters, but occupying a truly astounding,
disturbing, and hilarious version of the future.
Little Emily (voiced by carefree Winona Mae) receives a visit from her third-generation clone and learns what the future will be like. Hertzfeldt’s
use of sound, space, color, and movement is truly amazing, and seems to have come from some painfully primal place.
If you like the short, be sure to check out Hertzfeldt’s 62-minute masterpiece, It’s Such a Beautiful Day
(2012), comprised of three earlier short films edited together into a ming-boggling feature. It tells the story of Bill (who wears a hat throughout, to
separate him from the others), who struggles with love, illness, death, and (again), the future. It’s an epic, a visual wonder, and darkly funny. This
time, Hertzfeldt himself narrates.