Brave New Old: Isolation, Loneliness and Change in the Modern City

Brave New Old: Isolation, Loneliness and Change in the Modern City

Brave New Old is an experimental 3-D animated short film created by the London-based motion-graphics designer Adam Wells. Despite its deceptively simplistic style, this little film is a clever piece of experimental filmmaking.

The film appears to take off from Aldous Huxley’s dystopian visions in his 1931 Brave New World, a frightening picture of the future with subjects like corporate tyranny and behavioral conditioning. Brave New Old is a contribution to the new body of experimental animated works that explores isolation, loneliness and change in the modern city. From chance meetings to poetic musings on lost loves, and from meditations on the decay and decline of industry, to the disorientating nature of modern urban living, this is a chance to explore the city experience through truly unusual animated cinema.

Brave New Old: Isolation, Loneliness and Change in the Modern City

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9: A Post-Apocalyptic Vision of the Future

9: A Post-Apocalyptic Vision of the Future

9” is an action-packed animated adventure by Shane Acker, a fantasy epic short film nominated for an Academy Award in 2004.  The animated short later became the 2009 feature-length movie of the same name, directed by Tim Burton.

9” presents us with a post-apocalyptic vision of the future of our human-technological civilization.  The Scientist had created the B.R.A.I.N. (or the Fabrication Machine) for peaceful purposes.  However, the “Leader of Mankind” took control of the Machine and used it to wage war on other humans.  Lacking a soul, the Machine was corrupted and turned on mankind, wiping them out.

However, the Scientist had also made nine rag doll-like”creations,” in order to ensure that some form of life would carry on, and created a Talisman which could be used to destroy the Machine.  The Scientist died shortly after animating his final creation, rag-doll 9.  The  group of small rag-dolls proved to have leadership qualities that may help them survive and possibly even thrive.

9: A Post-Apocalyptic Vision of the Future

9: The Feature-Length Movie by Tim Burton (Trailer)

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