452. Evolution – Michael Mills

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SUMMARY: The story of evolution is played out across 10 short minutes.

WHY IT’S HERE: The National Film Board of Canada’s ‘Evolution’ condenses the story of evolution into 10 very funny minutes. The character designs are appealingly cartoony and Michael Mills’ animation is full of energy. Mills would later make an even more ambitious attempt to condense a greater time period into an even smaller space with ‘History of the World in Three Minutes Flat’ but ‘Evolution’ gives the viewer more time to enjoy Mills’ attractive designs and intrinsically funny characters, while remaining faithful to the facts. From the single-celled amoebae to the first amphibious creatures and the forefathers of Homo sapiens, Mills gets it all in there, with plenty of room for laughs in between.

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