GenreDocumentary, Animation, History Running time1h 37m ProducerDavid Lebrun
Initial releaseAugust 5, 2005 (New York City) CastMarian Seldes (Narrator (voice)), Corey Burton (Ernst Haeckel (voice)), Richard Dysart (The Ancient Mariner (voice)), Philip Proctor (Wolfgang von Goethe (voice)), James Warwick (Log of HMS Challenger (voice)) Similar moviesCharles Darwin and the Tree of Life (2009), Homo Sapiens 1900 (1998), Dinosaur 13 (2014), The Decay of Fiction (2002), 11 Minutes Ago (2007)
Proteus is an animated documentary film written and directed by David Lebrun in 2004. It depicts a 19th century understanding of the sea with particular emphasis on the life and work of German biologist and researcher Ernst Haeckel. One-celled microorganisms known as radiolarians feature prominently in Haeckel's fascination with the observable natural world and the underlying guiding principles assumed to be implicit in its very existence.