Ladd Ehlinger Jr.'s feature length animated adaptation of Edwin Abbott's 1884 "Flatland." Screenwriter: Tom Whalen. Composer: Mark Slater. DVD-R Format.
With penetrating satire, "Flatland the Film" takes us on a mind-expanding dimensional journey through an animated adaptation of Abbot's 19th century novel.
A Square, Attorney-at-Law, inhabits a world that is flat and two-dimensional. Together with his wife Frau A Square, he tries to raise his children -5 pentagons and A Hexagon- as best he can in a rigid society governed by tyrannical triangles and pompous priest circles.
It is three days until the much anticipated year 3000 in the Southern Republic of Flatland and A Square has a job to do. He must meet with his latest client, A Line, the first female Flatlander to be arrested for the taboo practice of Chromatism - the act of coloring one's sides in order to resemble a higher class of geometrical figure.
During this meeting an entire rebellion of Chromatists is launched, and A Square must shield his family from the horrors of urban Flatlander war.
Within this turmoil, a mysterious visitor from the third dimension arrives: A Sphere, CEO of Messiah, Inc. Flatlanders, according to A Sphere, must learn that there is another dimension called "height." A Square must spread the word as his Apostle of the Three Dimensions.
But having been flat his entire life, A Square is unable to comprehend these "three dimensions." Out of desperation, A Sphere pulls A Square out of Flatland altogether to show him the true nature of Spaceland, and the universe.
And in so doing, he risks the very fabric of space-time itself, potentially destroying all of creation.
Will A Square make it home to Flatland? Will he be able to understand the Third Dimension? Will he be able to spread the gospel of the Third Dimension to his fellow Flatlanders - or will he be executed for blasphemy?
The answers to these questions and more are to be found in "Flatland the Film!"