Carl Sagan’s ‘Pale Blue Dot’ as an Animated Short

Found at io9, here’s a lovely kinetic-text-style animated interpretation of Carl Sagan‘s beautiful monologue from Pale Blue Dot:

This was made by an animation studio known as ORDER.

Before I ever got into the whole professional skepto-atheism thing, when I was studying acting in New York, I used this passage as the focus of my work in a voice studies class. I repeated it over and over again using my best chiaroscuro.

Carl does it better.

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  • Bellj

    Carl Sagan rocks!!!

  • Peekaboo

    Carl Sagan. What a scientist. Saying during his Cosmos that we are all made up of “star stuff.” Genius eh?!?!

  • newavocation

    This brings back memories of Steve Martin’s lets get small routine, not safe for little children ;}

  • Rich Wilson

    I wish he’d started with the actual image, and morphed back to it at the end.  Without the image Carl was referring to, the ‘mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam’ kind of loses value.  I think for those of us who have seen the original, we see it in our mind’s eye.  But for those who hear these words for the first time, that most distant image of the earth is extremely powerful.