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Planet Unknown Animated Short Film: A Tale of Two Rovers

by Conner Flynn

This is a wonderful and awesome animated short from motion designer and director Shawn Wang. It is called Planet Unknown. It’s about two rovers sent into space by humans to search for planets that can sustain life. These two robots have to work together to stay to complete their mission. I love how the rovers are animated, and how much personality they’ve been given through their movements. It’s a fun and heartwarming adventure, and you’ll definitely enjoy it.

The idea started back in 2014 when Interstellar was released. I was deeply impressed by the movie and was inspired by the two robots TARS and CASE. The idea of intellectual robots exploring space developed from there. Other inspirations include Pixar movies like WALL-E and Toy Story, as well as CHAPPiE, NASA documentaries about Mars Rover Curiosity, and short films by individuals like Alex Roman’s The Third & The Seventh, Richard Mans’ Abiogenesis, Erik Wernquist’s Wanderers, Alf Lovvold’s Dawn of the Stuff, and so many more.

Echoic Audio, one of the UK’s leading music & sound design studios, joined this adventure with epic cinematic score and detailed sound design which catapulted the film to a new level that I had never imagined.

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