Saturday, 21 November 2015

Nerdversity Reviews: The Looking Planet

"A tale translated from the Cosmic Background Radiation."  That is the tag line for this really cute and very well animated 17 minute CGI short film.  Why is it called "The Looking Planet"?  Well, the film answers that question in a very interesting way, and at the center of the story is a young Cosmic Engineer named Lufo.  He's creative but feels stifled doing the same thing millennium after millennium, so he finds a way to break up the monotony and discovers something unexpected in the process.

Many human artists often feel they and their creativity are being wasted on the routine rut of day-to-day life, often desperately searching for a way to break out of the daily grind, if only just once, and let that wild creative scream out for the world, the Universe, to see and hear.  It would seem that humans are not so unique in this, after all.

Being someone who has been hooked on Astronomy since the tender age of eight and listening to the sound of the Universe as I look up at the stars twinkling in the night sky, I’ve wondered, as so many of us have, what might be out there?  Are we alone in the Universe or are there other forms of life lurking among those distant stars?  How did we get here?  Why are we here?  What are we doing or supposed to be doing?  Through science fiction, the human imagination has sought increasingly creative ways to tell stories to perhaps come up with some plausible ideas.  Are any of them right?  Are we even close?  Who is to say?  But that doesn’t stop us from asking those questions and finding more inventive ways to answer them as science grows ever more complex and we discover more and more secrets hiding in the Universe, waiting for someone smart enough, or perhaps creative enough, to find and understand them.

Winner of numerous awards at more than 40 film festivals across the country and around the world, The Looking Planet is well deserving of those awards, I assure you.  And if you pay careful attention, you will see hints of a much deeper and far greater story yet to be told.  Imagine if this were to become a full length feature film - how much of the story could be told then?  If you have not seen "The Looking Planet" yet, what are you waiting for?  Perhaps Einstein was right; maybe imagination truly is more important than knowledge after all.

Check out their website and facebook page for more information about The Looking Planet, and check out our interview with the creator himself, Eric Law Anderson.