World of Tomorrow (2015) Short Film Review

World of Tomorrow, the Oscar-nominated short film from Don Hertzfeldt, follows the journey of a young girl Emily (Winona Mae) as she is shown through the memories of the future by her clone (Julia Pott).

The short is a densely-packed 15 minutes that meanders through complexities of time travel, artificial sentience, and love. The simplicity of the animation is comically juxatposed with these in-depth observations, but they match little Emily’s adorable disposition perfectly.

Hertzfeldt combines differing moods and emotions to create a beautifully melancholic essence for this film. Quiet sound editing creates little Emily’s shuffling feet. This, along with her indelible charm, make for a comedy that is heart-warming.

On the other side of the coin, clone Emily is matter-of-fact in her inability to maintain the human emotions that she so deeply desires. In each facet of her clone existence, she falls in love with the first thing she comes in contact with, even if that thing is a moon rock.

The pair, together, make for a simple cartoon with a depth of emotion that is surprising. Hertzfeldt has given us a complex short that is worth multiple viewings.

As always, thanks for reading!

—Alex Brannan (@TheAlexBrannan)

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