Puneet Varma (Editor)

Technological Threat

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Initial release  1988 (USA)
Producer  Bill Kroyer
Director  Bill Kroyer
Technological Threat Technological Threat AN EMPIRE OF ONE

Story by  Bill Kroyer, Brian Jennings, Rich Moore
Nominations  Academy Award for Best Short Film (Animated)
Similar  Robot movies, Animation

technological threat animation short 1988 academy award nominee

Technological Threat is a 5-minute animated film made by Brian Jennings and Bill Kroyer in 1988. It was an example of early computer animation, integrated with traditional animation, and is itself an allegory for the threat computer animation represented to traditional animators. The robots and backgrounds were drawn based on computer-generated 3D models, while the dogs were drawn by hand.


Technological Threat httpsimagesnasslimagesamazoncomimagesMM

The film takes place in an office staffed by six suit-wearing dogs, or perhaps wolves, who hand-copy documents using pencils. One of the dog workers passes out because of overwork. The boss drops him through a trapdoor below the worker's desk, and replaces him with a robot that writes faster. Another worker yawns, and is also dropped through a trapdoor under his desk and replaced by a robot. Three more are eliminating for drinking water, sneezing and injury (the fourth worker desperately plugs his nose with two pencils, but is unable to keep from sneezing, propelling the pencils into the fifth one's head). They are replaced by more robots. The remaining worker, madly scribbling away, is shocked to discover that his boss has been replaced by a boss robot. When the latter leaves, the last worker decides to take action, and begins destroying the robots in various cartoony ways (blowing one up with a stick of dynamite, dropping another through its desk trapdoor, yet another by hitting it with different objects, and electrically shocking another into a pile of cinders). As the worker and the one remaining robot are locked in a life-or-death struggle, they see the boss robot threatening to push the trapdoor button. In a sudden instance of cooperating, they shove the trapdoor beneath the boss robot, who falls in. As the two workers peer down the open trapdoor, the dog becomes aware of the opportunity being presented and shoves the robot in. The worker dog clamps the boss's cigar between his teeth and pushes the trapdoor button, ending the film.

Technological Threat Technological Threatquot animation short 1988 Academy Award nominee

The film's credits give "special thanks to" Brad Bird, Mike Giaimo, Gábor Csupó, and Bill Hedge.

The Academy Film Archive preserved Technological Threat in 2013.


Technological Threat Bill Kroyer TECHNOLOGICAL THREAT 1988 YouTube

Technological Threat was featured on the DVD Computer Animation Festival Vol. 2 (renamed Computer Animation Experience in 2001). It also aired in the second third-season episode of Liquid Television, in 1993.

Technological Threat Technological Threat 1988 MUBI

At the 1988 Ottawa International Animation Festival, Technological Threat shared the prize for "Best film under 5 minutes" with Paul Vester's Picnic. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film in 1989.


Technological Threat Wikipedia