The short and the short of it: The Looking Planet

(image via Los Angeles Film review (c) Eric Law Anderson)


This CGI 3D Animated Short Film and winner of over 50 film festival jury and audience awards including Best Short Film, Best Sci-Fi Film, Best Animated Film, Best Production Design, Best Visual Effects, and Best Sound Design. During the construction of the universe, a young member of the Cosmos Corps of Engineers decides to break some fundamental laws in the name of self-expression. (synopsis via YouTube)

Not everyone likes to follow the rules.

Some people see it as a cardinal sin, an upsetting of the apple cart that cannot be countenanced under any circumstance; others, however, see it as a virtue to be celebrated, an independence of thought and action that leads to all manner of insights and breakthroughs that otherwise might not happen.

There’s no prizes for guessing which side of the implacably-opposed divide Lufo sits on, the 14 billion son of a supervisor from the Cosmos Corps of Engineers who is frustrated at the lack of artistic vision evinced by plans for the part of our solar system he’s responsible for creating.

Rather than stew about it as many others would, or simply yield to the rules and think no more of it, Lufo sets to rectifying the plan’s unimaginative deficiencies and results are, as you’ll see, quite monumental.

The Looking Planet is a real joy, a homage to what happens when someone dares to think beyond the been-there-done-that and the obvious and dares to try something a little bit (or a lot) different.


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