A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945 - by Isao Hashimoto (2003)(History)

This is a stunning animated recreation of every nuclear explosion ever to happen on the face of the earth. That's right, ever. The ominous ticking of the clock heightens the suspense (and, miserably, calls to mind a recurring nightmare that at least one Altdoc-er has had since childhood, of being strapped onto a gurney in her deceased grandmother's basement, an alarm clock's countdown getting louder and more terrifying with each dark and passing second) and each country joins in with its own tally. The sheer number of explosions, well into the 1990's, is shocking and disheartening to say the least.

Is this how you treat an absolutely perfect planet? Apparently, that's what we humans believe. From dangling shiny objects in front of an infant's guileless gaze to amusing ourselves with fireworks at a fairground, it would seem that distraction, senselessness, and clamour appear to be our raison d'etre, no matter what intellectual distractions stroke our sense of whimsy on occasion. "Take note and destroy" may very well be humanity's epitaph, to be desperately etched onto a mountainside somewhere in the not-too-distant-future by one of our perishing kind.

In a sweeter, more optimistic tone, one could say this movie (with its pleasant animation, sound effects, and overall concept) is almost more visual art than documentary...but, of course, one of our very few impressive legacies as transparently doltish humans is our ability to alter meaning through point of view. "It's art" may very well be a bracketed postscript to the aforementioned epitaph.

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