World of Tomorrow

Synopsis: A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future.
Director(s): Don Hertzfeldt
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 27 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
17 min


Oh look, it opens up!

Hello Emily.


One day, when you are

old enough, you will be

impregnated with a perfect

clone of yourself.

You will later upload all of your

memories into this healthy new body.

One day long after that, you will

repeat this process all over again.

Through this cloning process, Emily,

you will hope to live forever.

I had lunch today!

I am a third generation Emily,

contacting you from 227

years into your future

and I would like you to know

that everything is going well

in the transfer and

cloning process,

with very few signs of

mentl detariaration.

Is that Grandma?

No Emily, I am not your grandmother.

In a sense, you are mine. I am Emily.


For those who cannot afford

the cloning process,

many of our elderly undergo a full

digital transfer of consciousness,

where they can experience a safe,

extended lifespan of hundreds of years.

Our grandfather's digital consciousness

currently resides in this cube,

where I upload the latest films and

books for him to enjoy every week.


We are also able to download

correspondence from him.

Over 1,000 letters were received

during his first hour in storage,

as this was approximately 4

years time inside the cube.

I will read one of his

letters to you now.

Oh. Oh God. Oh God. Oh God.

Oh my God.

Holy mother of God.

Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh God.

For end-of-life procedures for our less

affluent citizens in the lower classes,

the face of a deceased loved one

can be peeled off, preserved,

and stretched over the head of

a simple animatronic robot,

so they can still be a

part of someone's life.

Our view-screens allow us to

witness any event in history by

reordering the light impressions

recorded on the subatomic particles

that are in constant chaos all around us.

It is how I am watching you now, Emily.

It is how we watch everything in your time.

Our more recent history is

often just comprised of images of

other people watching view-screens.

Do you like my cars?

How I'm contacting you today though, Emily,

is through experimental time travel.

Time travel for physical beings is a much more

difficult process than sending a message.

If the position of the orbiting

earth is not accurately calculated,

a person can be sent

off the planet.

Many of our brave test clones are also still

regularly crushed beneath the ground,

Or accidentally deposited hundreds

of thousands of years into the past.

Time travel is very often unpredictable,

and still extremely dangerous.

Emily, I shall now use time travel to

bring you to my current location in time.




Oh! I saw some pink ones!

The people of your time were engaged

with something called the Internet.

Welcome, Emily, to the Outernet.

We are now connected

through a neural network.



Some lines are coming out.

Yes, Emily Prime, to the people of your

time, our technology must seem like magic.


And brown And brown and green and blue

and green Thats all the colors I got.

For all of its magic, the

Outernet can be a sad place.

Many lonely people from the lower classes

have disappeared into its safe infinity

to be never heard from again.

Look! I drawed

a triangle!

I drew a snake boy.

But some days you have

to not make a snake boy.

Because yesterday I didnt see

any snake boy but you made one.


Can I do your other

Golden round things?

I have no idea what youre talking about.

Wiggle wiggle wiggle!


I have many memories that I would

like to share with you now, Emily.

We can go visit them together,

like seeing pictures in a book.

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Don Hertzfeldt

Don Hertzfeldt (born August 1, 1976) is an American animator, writer, and independent filmmaker. He is a two-time Academy Award nominee who is best known for the animated films World of Tomorrow, It's Such a Beautiful Day, Rejected, and World of Tomorrow Episode Two. In 2014, his work appeared on The Simpsons. Eight of his short films have competed at the Sundance Film Festival, a festival record. He is also the only filmmaker to have won the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize for Short Film twice. Hertzfeldt's work has been described as "some of the most influential animation ever created,", "some of the most vital and expressive animation of the millennium," and "some of the most essential short films of the past 20 years."In his book The World History of Animation, author Stephen Cavalier writes, "Hertzfeldt is either a unique phenomenon or perhaps an example of a new way forward for individual animators surviving independently on their own terms… he attracts the kind of fanatical support from the student and alternative crowds usually associated with indie rock bands." Hertzfeldt's animated feature film, It's Such a Beautiful Day, was listed by many film critics as one of the best films of 2012 and the L.A. Film Critics Association awarded it runner-up for Best Animated Feature Film of the year. A poll of film critics ranked Hertzfeldt as the 9th Best Film Director of 2012. After a limited UK release the following year, the film was ranked #3 on Time Out London's list of the 10 Best Films of 2013 and #4 on The London Film Review's list of the same. In 2014, Time Out New York ranked It's Such a Beautiful Day #16 on its list of the "100 Best Animated Movies Ever Made," and in 2016, The Film Stage critics ranked the film #1 on their list of the "Best Animated Films of the 21st Century (So Far)." In 2016, Rolling Stone ranked World of Tomorrow #10 on its list of the "Greatest Animated Movies Ever" and the Indiewire film critics named the short film one of the "Best Movies of the 21st Century". Despite its short running time, The A.V. Club called it "possibly the best film of 2015."World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People's Thoughts premiered in 2017 and received rare "A+" reviews from Indiewire and Collider, where it was described as "another soulful sci-fi masterpiece." The Daily Beast called it "one of the best films of the year... a must-see animated masterpiece."Hertzfeldt primarily supports his work through self-distribution such as ticket sales from theatrical tours, DVDs, VOD, and television broadcasts. He has refused all advertising work.Hertzfeldt lives in Austin, Texas. He spent many years in Santa Barbara, California after attending college there. He has kept a blog on his website since 1999. more…

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