Flatland: The Movie

Overview

Flatland: The Movie is an exciting half-hour animated film based on Edwin Abbott's classic novel. Flatland is an entirely two-dimensional world where different shapes live, work, and play—all under the rule of the evil Circles who are determined to keep the third dimension a secret, at any cost. The story follows Arthur Square (Martin Sheen) and his curious granddaughter Hex (Kristen Bell). When the mysterious visitor Spherius (Michael York) arrives from Spaceland, Arthur and Hex face grave danger as they begin ...

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Overview

Flatland: The Movie is an exciting half-hour animated film based on Edwin Abbott's classic novel. Flatland is an entirely two-dimensional world where different shapes live, work, and play—all under the rule of the evil Circles who are determined to keep the third dimension a secret, at any cost. The story follows Arthur Square (Martin Sheen) and his curious granddaughter Hex (Kristen Bell). When the mysterious visitor Spherius (Michael York) arrives from Spaceland, Arthur and Hex face grave danger as they begin to come to terms with the truth of the third dimension. Combining action, drama, geometry, and sociopolitical commentary, this moving story challenges audiences to grasp the limitations of their assumptions about reality and to think about the possibility of higher and previously inconceivable dimensions (both literal and metaphorical).

DVD features:

  • 4-D short feature: Brown University mathematician Thomas Banchoff discusses Flatland and the fourth dimension
  • Interviews with cast members Martin Sheen, Kristen Bell, Michael York, Tony Hale, and Joe Estevez
  • English and Spanish subtitles
  • Full text of the novel that inspired the movie
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Editorial Reviews

Notices of the American Mathematical Society - Ian Stewart
The animation of Flatland stays close to the original in spirit, reinterpreting the tale for today's audiences. . . . I can imagine young people being intrigued by the ideas. . . . The main objective is to have fun playing around with the dimensional analogy, and I'd say the animation does that very well indeed.
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Winner of the 2008 Berlin Special Jury Award, MathFilm Festival

"The animation of Flatland stays close to the original in spirit, reinterpreting the tale for today's audiences. . . . I can imagine young people being intrigued by the ideas. . . . The main objective is to have fun playing around with the dimensional analogy, and I'd say the animation does that very well indeed."—Ian Stewart, Notices of the American Mathematical Society

Notices of the American Mathematical Society
The animation of Flatland stays close to the original in spirit, reinterpreting the tale for today's audiences. . . . I can imagine young people being intrigued by the ideas. . . . The main objective is to have fun playing around with the dimensional analogy, and I'd say the animation does that very well indeed.
— Ian Stewart
Notices of the American Mathematical Society
The animation of Flatland stays close to the original in spirit, reinterpreting the tale for today's audiences. . . . I can imagine young people being intrigued by the ideas. . . . The main objective is to have fun playing around with the dimensional analogy, and I'd say the animation does that very well indeed.
— Ian Stewart
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604615371
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 1/3/2008
  • Pages: 35
  • Sales rank: 981,255
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    Ok, but not as good as the book

    This would be a difficult story to tell, but I recommend getting the book instead. It is very colorful and the ideas are still conveyed well, but the book is much better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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