‘World of Tomorrow’
We’ve written about Don Hertzfeldt’s incredible — and now Oscar-nominated — animated short ad nauseum, but only because it's so good it’s been worth shelling over a couple bucks to watch on Vimeo. Now it lives on Instant, and there’s no better use of your time. One of last year’s very best films, no matter the length (16 minutes), it’s another gouger from the stick figure maven, whose work — “Rejected,” “The Meaning of Life,” the feature-length “It’s Such a Beautiful Day,” plus the craziest “Simpsons” couch gag ever — is equal parts hilarious and depressing.
Here, he imagines a deep future — told with retina-searing colors and smudgy lines — where an nth-generation clone uses time travel to impart wisdom upon her original. Unfortunately she’s a little girl, and she doesn’t get much out of downer talk about decaying bodies and failed love. You’ll laugh and you’ll cry, as they say, and usually at the same time.