A brief history of pretty much everything, animated via flipbook


30 Responses to “A brief history of pretty much everything, animated via flipbook”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow that’s so cool!

  2. EMJ says:

    No women, all human history violent. Says something, doesn’t it?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I saw a lot of Monty Python influence in it… At first I thought it was going one way with the three wise men, but then it turns to the absurd. Gotta love that!

  4. JoshP says:

    pimping the old(non-relatively) Gibson short story “Red Star, Winter Orbit.” Cuz, tech will cheapen, tech will improve, science will happen, things will evolve, eventually masses that did not have expensive complicated items will have them. This is almost a historical truism. In 1200 no one would have given two figs if you thought that the English would eventually land a colony on a rumored, perhaps mythic, perhaps theologically impossible continent west of Europe. Guess what… it happened.
    Sadly, it probably won’t happen in my lifetime. Eh. But it will happen, given no zombie apocalypse.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Holy crap this is absolutely awesome!!!

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Thanks! You just wrote my social studies curriculum for the year! Woo hoo!

  8. ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive says:

    Here is animation on a similar theme by Bruno Bozetto…

    Bolero Part One
    Bolero Part Two

  9. wafna says:

    Also reminiscent of Saul Bass’s “Why Man Creates”

  10. evancairo says:

    this makes it seem like the entirety of the history of the universe contains nothing but the domination and subjugation of one group by another and that the only advancements life has made were to level up their tools of destruction and domination. seems kind of ironic that this historical journey of death and domination was made using

    ART and MUSIC!!!

    so yeah, the hopey changey thing is doing just fine for me right now….

  11. hungryghost says:

    Perfect example of silence being used so effectively at the end of the dinosaur age, in addition to just about everything else in that animation.

  12. GreenStockings says:

    Uh… so “everything” is just Western Europe, right?

    Seriously BoingBoing, the animation is cool, but a little bit of critical thought would be nice, too.

  13. arkizzle / Moderator says:

    I LOLed a few times :)

  14. Sug4rFree says:

    Wondering if someone will realize the sound effects were taken from TF2 and if youtube will cut the sound for copyright.

  15. Felton says:

    So, if you count Fantasia, we have three soundtracks for the history of life on Earth, the Rite of Spring, the Bolero, and the Can-Can. Somehow the Can-Can works best for my twisted worldview. :-)

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  17. Talia says:

    Pity the “humankind reaching out to the stars” part of it seems to be going the way of the Dodo.


  18. erzatsen says:

    Cupid’s Foot at the end is a nice touch.

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  20. Itsumishi says:

    If you pause at about the 2.38 mark you can see one very phallic looking mushroom cloud.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Apparently, no sex or women involved in the history of everything…a fine exercise in symbolic annihilation

  22. gman says:

    Well played, stegosaurus…

  23. dwgs says:

    Damn, some of you people are cranky for a Friday. I’ll be showing my kids after school, they’ll love it, thanks.
    As for all you cranky old farts, since the weekend is upon us that should give you time to get started on your own version.

  24. Gloria says:

    Well, I’m not really feeling cranky, looking as it’s a long weekend coming up, but I think technically Caesar’s assassination comes *before* the Three Wise Men …

    (That was my shrill pedant moment of the day; I still have my cranky old fart card to play!)

    • benher says:

      At least he was correct in that both events are predated by the Spartan kicking of the Great Pyramid at Giza is accurate.

  25. kmoser says:

    This is brilliant. I can’t imagine how much time it took to draw each of those frames. Sure, some are quite simple, but at, say, 18fps, that 3 minute film took about 3,000 individual drawings.

    Some of the war fighting reminds me of this:


  26. Grey Devil says:

    Haha, i immediately recognized the TF2 sounds :B *nerd*

  27. Li5y says:

    Awesome stuff! I counted 3 vocals from the Team Fortress 2 Heavy. Haha which only made it better

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