Dermot O'Connor's "There's No Tomorrow"
February 22, 2012 7:47 PM   Subscribe

"There's No Tomorrow" is a half-hour animated documentary that deals with resource depletion, energy, and growth.

The original idea for the film was to be a pastiche of the pro-capitalist propaganda cartoons of the 1940s and 50s. These works are all in the public domain, making them an invaluable resource: "Going Places" (1948), "Meet King Joe" (1949), "Why Play Leapfrog" (1949), "What Makes Us Tick" (1952), "It's Everybodys Business" (1954) and "Destination Earth" (1956).
posted by Trurl (14 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
Vimeo link for those without Flash.
posted by panaceanot at 7:54 PM on February 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


This sounds interesting. Downloading now.
posted by hippybear at 7:54 PM on February 22, 2012


If Lou Dobbs doesn't like The Lorax, he's gonna really hate this.
posted by evilmidnightbomberwhatbombsatmidnight at 8:01 PM on February 22, 2012


Sleep tight everybody!
posted by ob1quixote at 8:10 PM on February 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


Kind of plodding pace, more than I expected. But I can see how this could be red meat to the doomer crowd. I would have thought the tips on how to survive the apocalypse might have more impact, were it not for the flat delivery. Or the futility of even trying.
posted by 2N2222 at 8:38 PM on February 22, 2012


Doom 2N2222, or Nzzzzz Pop! 80's music bursts heads.
posted by Mblue at 8:44 PM on February 22, 2012


I would have thought the tips on how to survive the apocalypse might have more impact, were it not for the flat delivery. Or the futility of even trying.

I don't even want to survive the apocalypse. I know what happens afterwards and I want none of that.
posted by fuq at 8:53 PM on February 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


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posted by panaceanot at 8:54 PM on February 22, 2012 [6 favorites]


2N2222: "Or the futility of even trying."

fuq: "I don't even want to survive the apocalypse."

I relatively regularly horrify people with my stock answer to admonitions to live healthier, "Who wants to be a 70 year-old man in a world with 10 billion people?"

It occurs to me that Soylent Green is set just 10 years from now. It's looking more and more to have been frighteningly prophetic. Still, as I mused to my friend last night that nothing would delight me more than to live to regret smoking, drinking, and cheeseburgers because humanity somehow found a way to a beautiful future.
posted by ob1quixote at 9:41 PM on February 22, 2012 [5 favorites]


Sorry, well treaded territory. We're toast, Simple and obvious math proves we're screwed , as usual Doug Stanhope Speaks the truth(NSFAnywhere).

Only takeaway I got is, Canada won't peak in production until after 2018? I'M MOVING TO ALBERTA, BABY! Show me the money. Sadly, that's the only new thing I learned here.
posted by Yowser at 2:42 AM on February 23, 2012


This impressive movie is the work of a single guy that has been working on and off on the project for the last 6-7 years. His now infrequently updated blog is here

This shit is important and I had hoped that propagation of the understanding of this problem would be enough to give impetuous to make the economic changes necessary to sort out it and global warming. However these days I'm less hopeful, the world seems more than ever just lurching from crisis to crisis, there is nobody in the wheelhouse, with us fast approaching some difficult waters.
posted by foleypt at 5:05 AM on February 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


well treaded territory

The doom, yes. The doom as conveyed by - as foleypt observes - an impressively and single-handedly animated short, I don't think so.

If the global famine angle is dull, check out his "making of" page. I thought it was cool.
posted by Trurl at 5:41 AM on February 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hey, I know that guy! He's awesome.
posted by staggering termagant at 5:47 AM on February 23, 2012


Make Wealth History writes a pithy critique (and there are some interesting comments) of the film here.
posted by Megami at 11:55 PM on February 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


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