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  • 3.8
In 1962 John Hubley came to Harvard University as the first teacher of animation in the new Visual Arts Center. It was his idea to make a film based on Edwin Abbott’s famous novel about life in a two-dimensional world, Flatland. The story is told by the voices of Dudley Moore and other actors belonging to the British theatrical comedy group, "Beyond the Fringe." Aside from mathematicians and philosophers of science, the film has entertained and delighted audiences of many kinds since it first appeared.



Member Reviews (3)

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I loved the book "Flatland" in a mind-blown sort of way, but it really doesn't translate as well into this animation as I had hoped. Though you get a healthy dose of silly Dudley Moore, the basic concepts of the unknown and if you don't know something it must not exists mentalities are hinted to in this, but I would recommend skipping this and reading the book instead. It's just about the same length.

top reviewer

This abridged-but-faithful adaptation of Abbot's story of A. Square has a lot to offer: a rendition of the explanation of the third dimension to the Flatlanders that thanks to animation and human spatial intuition is a lot easier to follow than the original, cool '60's design, and a bit of something probably never done elsewhere: one-dimensional animation!

Dudley Moore's ridiculous squeak is a distraction, but grit your teeth for a bit and it soon will fade in to the background.

I had a Geometry teacher in high school that made us do a book report on FLATLAND. We joked that we should do our school play on it. Little did we know that a film was done in 1962 by John Hubley. There's a little bit of Monty Python-esque humor in this. A delight to watch if you had to read this strange book back in high school.