Western Animation: Elephants Dream
The machine is like...like clockwork. One move out of place and you're ground to a pulp.Elephants Dream is a 10-minute computer animation by the Blender Foundation, created between 2005 and 2006 as a testing ground for the open-source 3D modeling software Blender.An old man named Proog guides a gaunt young man named Emo through what looks like a Clockpunk universe, extolling its many wonders and perils – but can we take Proog's words at face value? The Mind Screw nature of the work has engendered much outlandish interpretation, while Word of God suggests the work is actually quite simple.Elephants Dream is released under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0, and is downloadable at its own Web site. The Blender Foundation went on to make Big Buck Bunny.
This show provides examples of:
- 3D Movie: Thanks to its open-source nature, one fan was able to go back and re-render the whole film for 3D.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Both characters, but Emo is especially scary.
- Combat Tentacles
- Clock Punk
- Everything Trying to Kill You: At least according to Proog.
- Mental World
- Mind Screw
- Word Salad Title: The short may be a dream or may not be, but it definitely has nothing to do with elephants. (Unless you take it to be a jibe at republicans.)