There Once Was

Nine-minute animated short created from cut-outs and being the adventures, adaptations, and metamorphoses of an imperfect oval, four sticks, and the world.

Raw creativity. Animation is at its most basic—shapes, rough drawings, figures from magazines—but interaction between these elements demonstrates the versatility of simple things and suggests the evolution of humankind: from cells, through religion (a glimpse, inspirational), into politics (vanquished!), around love and nature, and finally morphing into Art and realizing itself a small part of a greater, chaotic universe—before feeling restless and bored and setting out, once again, for new adventures. Or: shape becomes man, becomes plant, becomes bird, becomes painting, becomes shape. A bit crazy, a bit brilliant, very recommended.

Jan Lenica & Walerian Borowczyk, 1957


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