World of Tomorrow

Texas Spirit Theater | NR | 16 min. | Animated Short, Sci-Fi

October 8, 2016 - December 31, 2016

Young Emily is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future.

A 2016 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Short Film, World of Tomorrow is the latest from Austin animator Don Hertzfeldt. Hailed by many critics as one of the best films of 2015, Rolling Stone recently ranked the film # 10 on its all-time list of the "Greatest Animated Films Ever."

Suggested age: 10+ (Due to content that references death.)

Film Details

Suggested age: 10+ (Due to content that references death.)
Starring: Julia PottWinona MaeSara Cushman
Writer/Director: Don Hertzfeldt
Runtime: 16 minutes, 30 seconds
Genre: Animated Short, Sci-fi, Comedy


About the Filmmaker

Don Hertzfeldt is a two-time Oscar-nominated independent filmmaker whose animated films include It's Such a Beautiful DayThe Meaning of LifeBilly's Balloon, and Rejected. His work has played around the world, receiving over 250 awards, and he recently wrote, animated and directed a couch gag on the premiere of the 26th season of The Simpsons.

Seven of his films have screened in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, where he is the only filmmaker to have won the overall Grand Jury Prize for Short Film twice. His first feature film, It's Such a Beautiful Day, was named by several critics as one of the Top Ten Films of 2012.

The Animation Art of Don Hertzfeldt

In addition to the film, visitors can see an art installation featuring original artwork and sketches by Don Hertzfeldt at the Bullock Museum. Offering a peek into the artist's creative process, these works are on view outside the Texas Spirit Theater, located on the museum's second floor.

Behind the Scenes

World of Tomorrow's voice cast stars English cartoonist Julia Pott alongside Hertzfeldt's four-year-old niece, Winona. Winona's voice was quietly recorded while she and Hertzfeldt drew pictures together and talked about the world.

From these raw sessions, Hertzfeldt used her candid reactions to craft the story of Emily Prime meeting her future self (Julia Pott) and partially rewrote the story (and Julia's lines) to create their characters' seamless conversations.

About the Texas Spirit Theater and Tickets

The Texas Spirit Theater located on the Bullock Museum's second floor is one of the most beautiful film experiences in Austin and features multi-sensory special effects such as lightning, rain, and other surprises.

Museum Members enjoy free unlimited IMAX® documentary films, discounts on feature film tickets, free exhibition admission, discounts in the Museum Store, and more. Learn More.

Ticket prices are $5 for adults, $4 for Bullock Museum members and university students with a valid ID, and $3 for Bullock Museum senior and youth members.

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