June 30, 2011 10:27 AM   Subscribe

"What do you get when you combine 15kgs of silicon, 2km of wool, 46 highly enthusiastic filmmakers and 2 years of hard work? …Zero." (youtube / also on vimeo) Official site. posted by zarq (14 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I love this new Tool video. Thankx
posted by humboldt32 at 10:32 AM on June 30, 2011 [2 favorites]

posted by aubilenon at 10:41 AM on June 30, 2011 [8 favorites]

Cute, except for the banging on my head with a hammer to make their point. Which was grasped by the third sentence of the introduction.

Also, though I know it's supposed to be dirty yarn, it kept looking to me like Zero was actually made of straw. Which made me laugh until they hit me on the head with the hammer again.
posted by umberto at 10:46 AM on June 30, 2011

Cops? Sevens? I would have thought twos or threes.
posted by longsleeves at 10:51 AM on June 30, 2011 [2 favorites]

OTOH it sure was pretty! And actual stop motion? That's such an incredible amount of work (and, I'm sure, a commensurate amount of fun).

And paced so slowly - that's just making more work for them. But I do wish they put the technical effort into a better script.

I did a little stop motion animation in high school (super-8, baby!) and it was such a blast. It seems a shame that I'm not doing this now; it's so fun, and with a digital workflow, it'd be a hojillion times easier (which usually just means raising the standards by a factor of a hojillion and a half). Maybe I'll monkey around with some paperclips or something this weekend. :D
posted by aubilenon at 10:58 AM on June 30, 2011 [2 favorites]

I'm extremely pessimistic and jaded, but this is the first thing I have watched that actually made me tear up. Not only is the message powerful, but it's so touching just how close to reality the message was.
posted by NipplesOfTheFuture at 11:00 AM on June 30, 2011

Depressing how redemption comes not at a rejection of the status quo but at its reiteration.
posted by suedehead at 11:20 AM on June 30, 2011 [3 favorites]

But...but it has two...

posted by Pecinpah at 11:21 AM on June 30, 2011

posted by ShawnString at 12:12 PM on June 30, 2011

Nice. But I think I would have grasped the story just as well and liked it better without the narration.
posted by jocelmeow at 2:32 PM on June 30, 2011

It looks lovely, and I was with it all the way up to the ending, but that felt really disappointing. If anything, it's just going to make the situation worse.

I spent the whole of it trying to work out what clever thing they were going to do with the maths too. Well.
posted by lucidium at 3:12 PM on June 30, 2011

> If anything, it's just going to make the situation worse.

The infinity baby is going to make things worse? But how?!
posted by amorphatist at 5:09 PM on June 30, 2011

You know, I kind of get their point.

They are probably going to have to serve this "∞" character for the rest of their lives, or his, if his lifespan is normal-- which I strongly doubt. I don't know what the actual basis for the higher numbers' power is, but there exists the chance that his number translates into him being able to essentially warp reality, literally a physical god. This explains why they didn't attempt to attack him or his pregnant mother. The ways in which this infant being might attempt to defend itself are horrifying to contemplate.

Even if we ignore out that worst case scenario, we are still dealing with a single entity whose words overrule anything and everything else, who can order you to stop breathing with a word and suffer no ill repercussions. It's no wonder the other yarn people wanted to prevent that. Ostensibly, it's occurred in the past, hence the taboo and discrimination.

Also, the system is immutable and inescapable, better find someone else as disenfranchised and hope your kid's a mutant genius (because social mobility still exists).
posted by This, of course, alludes to you at 5:12 PM on June 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

Zero is ultimate, infinite, without needing the qualifying symbol. It's its own dimension, a point that's not a point. Surely someone bearing that number would be an anomaly to be revered or worshiped, not relegated to Epsilon-Semi-Moron status.

Apart from that aspect rearing its ugly head, the animation was quite good, and I liked the rough finishing of the characters, but I felt like the narrator was set to lowest common denominator.
posted by Graygorey at 11:41 PM on June 30, 2011

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