Watch the glorious teaser for Don Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow 2

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Mar 26, 2021, 10:00 AM EDT (Updated)

A teaser has surfaced for the sequel to the incredible animated sci-fi short that blew viewers' minds in 2015.

Two years ago, world-renowned animator Don Hertzfeldt released World of Tomorrow, a 17-minute animated short about a little girl named Emily who is contacted by her own clone from 227 years in the future and taken on a journey through time and space, in which she witnesses the end of the human race and learns about humanity's struggle to preserve its own memories.

The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film and won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, while also earning other awards and near-unanimous praise from critics around the world (you can currently watch it on Netflix, and should).

Now Hertzfeldt has created a sequel, World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts, and has released the first teaser for it. The new film premiered earlier this fall at Fantastic Fest in Austin, where the response was as ecstatic as that for the original short. Collider's Matt Goldberg called the sequel "every bit as stunning, inspiring, heartbreaking and soul-crushing as the first film."

This time, little Emily Prime (voiced as in the first short by Hertzfeldt’s niece Winona Mae) is visited by a different clone, who takes her on a quest not through the outer reaches of space but into the furthest recesses of her own mind and that of the clone.

There's no word yet on when or where World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts will arrive (the teaser only says "coming soon"), but we can't wait for a chance to see it. And if Hertzfeldt is following the pattern of his feature-length animated film, It's Such a Beautiful Day — which was comprised of three shorter works edited together — then perhaps he has a similar plan for World of Tomorrow, which is fast becoming a towering sci-fi achievement.

(via Collider)