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  • Actors: Greg Trent, Chris Carter, Linda Meigs, Ashley Blackwell, Mark Slater
  • Directors: Ladd P. Ehlinger Jr, Ladd Ehlinger Jr
  • Producers: Karen Guelfo
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen, DVD-ROM, Limited Edition, Full length
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NJ60FM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,960 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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!"

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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Chantal-Lise Mirman on March 7, 2007
Literally. Flatland by Edwin Abbott Abbott was a little gem of a book which could not be pigeon-holed into a specific genre over a hundred and fifty years ago and as a result ended up on Science Fiction shelves. Combining Geometry and Philosophy (and even Religion), it was an allegory on the human condition, describing a very rigidly-structured Society where square pegs aspired to fit through round holes.

The plot focuses on A. Square, who is led to a series of epiphanies on the Nature of Reality itself to the realization that not only is there an existence beyond his two-dimensional plane in the form of a 3-dimensional universe, but that further dimensions are implied. He learns that appearances are not necessarily all they seem.

Difficult to conceptualize in its reading, Llad Ehlinger, Jr. has managed to graphically express this evolution of the mind. Despite these worlds being populated exclusively by geometric shapes, we are drawn into the story and feel A. Square's transformation as though it were our own, which it hopes to be. Flatland itself is appropiately extremely two-dimensional, yet has endearing qualities. From our hero's perspective, he is at first confused, then exhilarated as he is lifted into the three-dimensional world. We are taken along for the dizzying ride. This is only the beginning for A. Square, who then postulates other worlds with both less and more dimensions. Ehlinger has a sequence which can only be an homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey as multi-dimensionality is explored.

As if this were not a big enough task to tackle, Ehlinger expands the storyline by applying some of the original concepts of Governments to their logical path to War. Flatland, both the book and the movie, can be appreciated at many levels.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By D. Russow on May 6, 2007
It has been years since I read Abbott's book, but, being a math teacher, I always bring it up in class. A friend just finished reading the book and gave me her copy since mine was loaned years ago and not returned. So when I bought this DVD, I expected to see the Abbott story, but was I surprised. This is not the same story as in the Abbott book. There is a great story line here and the viewer still gets educated on geometry and dimension. The animation is excellent and I even enjoyed the sound on my surround system. Of course, the story makes more sense if you have read the book. Women have a little more respect and are considered thin rectangles, rather than lines. But you still have to watch yourself around them! Very enjoyable movie!
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By mfp000 on April 27, 2007
The Author took the story the book by Abbott and wrote a compelling more modern story. It was a great movie, from what I understand the author made this movie pretty much on his own. You need to expect that this film is completely computer generated, don't expect super Hollywood special effects, but even the animation was top notch. One thing I was a little worried about was voice acting, with this type of film that can tend to be lousy, not the case here, voice acting was also top notch. Nothing but good things to say about the picture.

Being a math teacher, I was really looking forward to getting this movie to show to my History of Math students. It's probably not a good fit considering some of the subject matter is a bit mature for the classroom, but I think the author took Abbott's sexism that is more present in the book and softened the edges. Also, the class system that was so prevalent in the book isn't there as well. To some this might quite a departure from the novel but it's really done quite well, and dare I say maybe even a better story.

There is a bit of social commentary in the undertones of the story, and that is what really gives the film that 5th star. It's not just a movie us math geeks will love, but I think others would like it as well, with maybe a little background information.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Benoit Diamond on March 20, 2007
This independent film has everything to become a big hit... a solid storyline, driven from the book by the same name, that leaves you both amused and disturbed at times. A good soundtrack that leaves it's mark, but doesn't overpower the art and dialogs. Amusing characters that you can't help but sympathize with, and finally, beautiful artwork that has nothing to envy to Hollywood productions, as it doesn't distract your attention from the story itself.

Reading the book beforehand is not necessary, but will definitely help you catch on to the story faster, as you will not sit there wondering what's up with these wacky Flatlanders while an important part of the plot is revealed.

A must see! I highly recommend it.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. Copeland on March 10, 2007
I have to say, I love this film. I bought is as soon as the special release was available and my DVD is numbered #11! The detailed animation in this film is very impressive. The intricate inner workings of the Flatlanders blew me away. I mean with a bunch of characters on the screen you could see all of their eyes blink, hearts beat, etc. I was simply amazed at the level of detail.

I never read the book but the story is really great. It really makes you wonder what's beyond our 3D world. My kids loved this film also. They keep asking if they can watch it again. It's really cool to see the different things the kids pick up on, and how they interpret the film.

The film is deep on many levels. The music was spot on and fit each scene just right. I would highly recommend this film to anyone! I'd love to see this in the theater.

FLATLAND THE FILM RULES!!!
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