The animated short known as MAN is a darkly comic, disturbing view of our species who wreaks havoc on other species and on nature itself. MAN is a parable of a man in conflict with the world at large, seeking power over rather than unity with it. MAN offers a biting commentary on this male character’s destructive and violent pathos. MAN shows a human being at his worst, creating vast suffering for animals at every turn. And in the end, MAN, sitting on his throne, is dealt a karmic blow. He is destroyed by beings from another planet who land on earth, squish him into a welcome mat, then shuffle off in their spaceship.
As this video reaches almost 1.5 million views on Facebook, some interesting commentary has emerged. In her blog post about MAN, Zoe Weil wrote, “[A]s I watched this animated film, I found myself thinking how behind the times it was; how dystopian, when what we need right now are visionary ideas and examples of solutionaries doing the important work that lies ahead.”
At the very least, MAN will get many people thinking about how arrogant we are as a species. Yet, as Weil points, MAN offers no solution to the mess we’ve created.
MAN was produced by Steve Cutts, a London-based freelance artist who specializes in animation, illustration, and fine art. MAN was published on December 21, 2012. For more information on Steve Cutts and his work, see www.stevecutts.com.