Austin animator’s Academy Award-nominated short screens at Bullock Museum

Earlier this year, Austin animator and artist Don Hertzfeldt netted an Academy Award nomination for best animated short film for “World of Tomorrow.” The poignant sci-fi tale finds a young girl, Emily, launched on a soul-wrenching journey where her third-generation clone contacts her from 227 years in the future.

Now, through Oct. 7, the 16-minute “World of Tomorrow” screens daily at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Screenings are 12:30 p.m. (perfect for a lunchtime getaway!) and 2:30 p.m. daily except Sunday when it screens at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $3-$5.


Still from Hertzfeldt's Academy Award nominated short film "World of Tomorrow."
Still from Hertzfeldt’s Academy Award-nominated short film “World of Tomorrow.”

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Hertzfeldt used his 4-year-old niece Winona to voice the part of the little girl, recording her when the two drew pictures together and talked about the world. From these raw sessions, Hertzfeldt used his niece’s candid reactions to craft the story of Emily Prime meeting her future self.

Accompanying the screenings at the Bullock is a small exhibit featuring Herztfeldt’s drawings.

Critical response to Hertsfeldt’s short has been resoundingly congratulatory. On its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the film netted the Grand Jury Prize for Short Film. And Rolling Stone called “World of Tomorrow” one the best animated films ever.




Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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